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 Research and Enquiries


We welcome researchers and students to Leeds Discovery Centre, where they can consult our collections in our purpose-built research room or attend handling sessions with our staff. 

Since 1819 Leeds Museums and Galleries has amassed over one million objects covering subjects from the evolving natural world to human history and culture. Our natural history, fine and decorative art and industrial history collections have been designated as of national significance.

To arrange a research visit, contact us on 0113 378 2100 or email discovery.centre@leeds.gov.uk

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Our expert staff offer students an opportunities to handle museum objects in a controlled setting during workshops at Leeds Discovery Centre.

These sessions can be arranged and delivered by our curatorial staff or arranged to complement courses currently running at colleges and universities and run by course leaders using museum objects.

Our collections are also available to students and academics for research purposes. Please get in touch if you have any links you would like to explore further.

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If you have an object at home and you would like to find out more about it, our curators can try to provide you with more information.

Simply send an email with a brief description and an image of the object to discovery.centre@leeds.gov.uk.

Please note curators do not give out valuations and please do not bring any objects directly to Leeds Discovery Centre.