Abbey House Museum, John Holmes Collection

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Title: Abbey House Museum, John Holmes Collection

Comprising articles in local notes and queries, 1880-1890 including 'Archaeological discoveries at Leeds' and 'relics of old Leeds'


Prehistoric collection including original lists of antiquities listed by John Holmes

Date: 1815-1894
Held by: Abbey House Museum, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Holmes, John, 1815-1894, draper and antiquarian, of Leeds

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View by appointment

  • Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire
Administrative / biographical background:

John Holmes was a successful Leeds draper with a passion for collecting antiquities. In 1873 he travelled to Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and Italy to restore his health. He acquired a large number of antiquities on his journey. Following the death of his wife, John Homes decided to sell his collection and live abroad. In 1882 the Leeds City Council purchased the Holmes collection. Many of which can still be recognised in the Leeds Museums and Galleries archaeological collections.

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