Imagine a million objects stacked on shelves in a giant fridge with no natural light, magnetic door locks and the stickiest bug traps in the world and you’re starting to get a picture of Leeds’ very own Night at the Museum-esque custom-built storage facility in South Leeds. It’s where we keep the million objects which aren’t on display at any of the other eight Leeds Museums and Galleries sites.
Leeds Discovery Centre works best for children from upper Key Stage 1 upwards and is perfect for a half day visit. Because many of the objects are not displayed behind glass, it means that groups can get up-close-and-personal with amazing objects and we will always try to make sure that as many of the objects as possible can be touched (carefully and with gloves).
If you are thinking of booking a trip to Leeds Discovery Centre or an outreach session for your school please get in touch with us via phone on 0113 378 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Case study: Remembering the Leeds Pals
In autumn 2014, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Leeds Museums and Galleries and partners brought together 120 children from four primary schools in Nidderdale AONB and Leeds to remember the Leeds Pals. The schools worked in pairs, and visited Masham and Leeds, to find out how the Leeds Pals were recruited and trained, what happened to them after the First World War and how they are remembered now. At Leeds Discovery Centre, the children found out what happened to individual Pals and their families after the war through object handling. They also enjoyed seeing the million objects in the museum store.