Leeds today: dash, museums, TdF, webcasts, memory, records, YSP and chefs.

Hm. Looks like summer might be over.

Earlier in the week there was a grim little tale in the Manchester Evening News that The North-South divide is raising its cultural head once more, this time with museums being on the chopping block. The story was that MOSI, the National Railway Museum and the National Media Museum were under thread of closure because the Science Museum (which oversees them) is having budget problems. Yesterday spokespeople from SMG said (amongst many other things) that “There have not been any decisions made to close museums, but we are looking at ways to save costs”. This is meant to be reassuring, but given that none of the decisions were expected to be made before the autumn anyway it’s really not. We await developments.

In better news, the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield won second prize in the Art Fund prize for Museum of the Year. Well done, guys! Brilliant work.

The cultural side of the Tour de France in Yorkshire next year got a welcome boost with £1 million of Arts Council funding being awarded for a pre-Tour de France festival of the arts.

The festival will get under way at the end of March and run for more than three months, up to the day of the Grand Depart in Leeds on July 5, 2014. […] The search is now underway for a festival director to draw up a programme of events and for a further £1m of match-funding.

Culture Vultures takes a look at democracy in Leeds as LCC consider broadcasting council meetings as webcasts. Richard Horsman says:

They [LCC]’ll be discussing an experiment which saw May’s full council meeting webcast live over the internet. That trial broadcast attracted some 588 live views on the day, and […] the recording has been accessed a further 454 times since then.

The YEP reports on an intriguing use of the Yorkshire film archive. The YFA is using old footage to help people with dementia regain some long-lost memories; the Memory Bank Project provides DVDs to stimulate discussion and Rothwell Parish Centre is running a “Memory Cafe” for those with dementia to turn up and try to jog a few thoughts.

A South Leeds Life reporter recalls old record shops in Leeds.

It’s Wednesday so Wendy has her Things to see and do in Leeds this week on The City Talking.

A little selection of our own things to do:

Finally today, registration is open now for the Abbey Dash, now in its 29th year. Everything raised will help older people in Leeds and around the UK. The Dash is a great run, 10k between the city centre & Kirkstall (and back), happening on November 17th. It’s a while away yet so you’ve got no excuses about training in time!

That’s us done. We’ll see you on Friday (with another Chris Nickson story as well as the news); thanks for reading!

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