This Easter, Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, is inviting families to step back in time to explore the Victorian Streets of Leeds in 1842.

The museum’s recreated Victorian Street is one of the most popular galleries and is a world away from the Leeds of today. In 1842, with the industrial revolution in full swing, thousands of people flocked to the cities to work in the new factories. Filthy and crowded living conditions led to poor sanitation and disease with infectious conditions like TB, cholera and measles spreading rapidly.

As visitors take a walk down the streets of 1842, they will be surrounded by the smells and sounds of Victorian life. Liz Egan, Learning Manager says “Led by our very own Victorian Guide, visitors will be able to get a real sense of what it must have been like to live in 1842 and the challenges that everyday people faced”.

Tours take place Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April, 1pm – 3pm (Monday to Friday only) and visitors should book their place on arrival.

Thackray Medical Museum is next door to St James’s Hospital and has its own car park, café and gift shop. Over nine interactive galleries, visitors are taken on a journey through the history of medicine. Family activities take place every Saturday during term time and midweek during the school holidays.  Admission tickets last for 12 months, allowing free entry for a full year.


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