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 Schools and Groups at City Museum

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My favourite part was when we saw the real Egyptian mummy”, KS2 pupil

Have you ever held something that is three thousand years old? Imagine what it’s seen. Who has it travelled with? How did it get to Leeds?

Leeds City Museum is full of amazing objects that have either been made in Leeds or have been brought back from far-flung parts of the globe by people who live (or lived) in Leeds. Want to time travel through Leeds from the creation of the landscape to now? You can do that in the Leeds Story. How about coming face-to-face with a three thousand year old priest? Meet Nesyamun, our Leeds mummy. What about exploring the impact we have on the global climate? Then discover Life on Earth, full of animals that have been affected in some way by us or the environment around them.

If you have a group or school and are thinking about organising a visit to us, get in touch as we have workshops, activities, self-led activities and information to help you plan a visit, not to mention helping to find you spaces to have your lunch.

Especially for schools

Seeing things outside of the class and hands on activities makes learning more meaningful!’, KS2 teacher after an Egyptians workshop

We have a menu of two-hour cross-curricular workshops for primary and secondary schools. The collections work well for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 supporting topics such as animal habitats and classification, the far-flung ancient worlds of Egypt, Greece and Rome, and local Leeds life. We focus on hands-on learning, so, within the Death on the Nile workshop, pupils investigate ancient Egyptians objects at close quarters, become scientific embalmers as they prepare Suny (our child-friendly replica mummy) for the afterlife and develop their speaking and listening skills in group work.

Our KS3 and KS4 programmes focus on local history and its relevance to national and global politics. We use Leonora Cohen, a Leeds suffragette, as a case study to explore historical campaigns and encourage the students to campaign on something they believe in. We do project-based work with local secondary schools, and are open to ideas about how you can use our objects and displays to support your curriculum learning.

By far the best support I have ever had organising a trip!”, KS2 teacher after an Amazing Animals workshop
Most of the workshops are based within the Learning Space and the galleries around the museums. We have a group cloakroom for bag and coat storage and a bookable lunch space. We would recommend you come and meet us for a pre-visit where we can tailor workshops and resources to suit your group and complete your risk assessment.

Planning a visit

If you are thinking of booking a trip to Leeds City Museum for your school or group please get in touch with us via phone on 0113 224 3732 ​or email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk. More information to help you plan your trip can be found on the 'Planning a visit' page in Related pages.​​

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