Leeds today


Floor mosaic from Aldborough, North Yorks, 300-400 AD. I noticed that the display panel called it “The Wolf and Twins”. Presumably “Romulus and Remus” have passed into oblivion. Although the smiling wolf is the main attraction here . . . and, indeed, could have come straight out of a tap-dance version of Little Red Riding Hood

I had an hour to spare between satisfying my reason for coming to Leeds and lunch, so, as the art gallery is still closed, I visited the Leeds City Museum for the first time. It’s very child-friendly – something I would have appreciated 50 years ago – so I headed to the antiquities section on the top floor. There’s an interesting little collection, along with a very sensitively displayed Egyptian mummy (the contrast between the desiccated remains and the still-colourful coffin was rather chilling) and this endearing mosaic.

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