The archaeological collections at Leeds Museums and Galleries are diverse, covering many thousands of years of history and prehistory, and representing a wide range of ancient cultures from around the world.
Archaeology from the UK and overseas, particularly from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, was eagerly collected by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society between the early 1800s and 1921. Today we still actively collect, although we focus more on representing the archaeology of Leeds and the surrounding area.
Where can I see the archaeology collections?
Most of the archaeology collections are housed at Leeds Discovery Centre where they can be viewed by appointment. Part of the Medieval collection is stored and displayed at Kirkstall Abbey.
There are two galleries showcasing archaeology in Leeds City Museum. The archaeology of the Leeds area can be explored in The Leeds Story, and treasures of Egypt, Greece and Rome are on display in the Ancient Worlds gallery. The archaeology collections also regularly feature in a wide range of temporary exhibitions.
Find out about some of our varied collections below!