Armley Mills set to reopen after flood


Leeds Industrial Museum will reopen next week after the Boxing Day floods.

Parts of Armley’s historic former mill were submerged under eight feet of water, when flooding at the site reached levels three times higher than the record floods of 1866.

The ground floor of the museum, which was once the world’s largest woollen mill, was covered in up to a foot of silt and damage was also caused to the picnic area, fences and several windows and doors.

But following a mammoth clean-up effort by staff and council officers, the museum is finally ready to open to the public once again on March 22.

Armley mills closed
Armley Mills is closed due to the post floods clean up

Sarah Barton, keeper at Leeds Industrial Museum, said:

“It was heart-breaking to see the site flooded and to have to close, so it’s obviously been a tough couple of months for everyone who knows and loves the museum.

“But we’ve also been genuinely touched and humbled by the support we’ve had and it’s really helped motivate us to get back up and running, so we’d like to once again say thank you to everyone who has pitched in.”

To celebrate re-opening, Leeds Industrial Museum will be hosting a range of Easter activities including mystery matinees in the cinema, spring themed crafts and creative writing workshops inspired by the current Women, Work and War exhibition.

The Armley Mills: a Colourful Past exhibition has been extended until July 31 to give people chance to visit and the museum is also looking forward to taking part in National Mills Weekend in May.

Leeds Industrial Museum will also host its annual Wool Festival on Saturday, June 4.


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