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 School and group visits

Click to expandEYFS and Key Stage 1 Workshops

​Egyptians at the Museum - KS1
An action-packed adventure where pupils step into the tomb of the museum’s mummy, seek real Ancient Egyptian treasures, mummify Suny the Egyptian boy and magic up your own amulet charm.

That's not my Tiger - EYFS/KS1
A museum explorer will lead your group on an animal adventure through the arctic and jungle. Children search for clues with binoculars and identify animal, in the search for the missing tiger!

Animal Antics at the Museum - KS1
Take a walk on the wild side in our Life on Earth Gallery. Animals and skulls will be brought out especially for you! Create 3D giant collages showcasing your fun facts. Who dares peep into a polar bear’s mouth?

Snow Animal Adventures – EYFS/KS1 – available in winter
How did the Snow Leopard get his spots?  Why does the Polar Bear have such small ears?  How does the Sea Lion keep warm?

Self-led Visits - KS1
Come and explore Leeds and the wider world through Leeds City Museum. We can support topics on local history, the ancient civilisations of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Click on the ‘documents’ link on the left side of this webpage to download our learning packs.

How to book
Please call 0113 378 4485​ or email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk to book a workshop.​

Click to expand​Key Stage 2 Workshops

Black History Month – Create an Art Display
Thu 19 Oct 2017- Free
Come to the museum to take part in an artist-led workshop. During the workshop, you will work with a Leeds artist to create a collaborative display which will be on show in the museum main entrance from November to March. This is a great opportunity for pupils to meet an artist, find out about Roots Reggae Music or Hip-Hop Music, and how they create visual art linked to the music. The pupils will discover art techniques and create their own art in response to music. There is space for one class to participate in the morning workshop, and one class in the afternoon workshop:
10am-12pm Workshop – Collaborate with Marcia Brown – art linked to Roots Reggae Music 12.30-2.30pm Workshop – Collaborate with Lee Arnold – art linked to Hip-Hop Music

Animal Antics at the Museum
Take a walk on the wild side in our Life on Earth Gallery. Animals and skulls will be brought out especially for you! Create 3D giant collages showcasing your fun facts. Who dares peep into a polar bear’s mouth?

Ancient Greeks at the Museum
Transport your class to Ancient Greece. Immerse yourselves in the achievements of this civilization by coming face-to-face with surviving Ancient Greek pottery and riches. Create an emotive theatre mask, ‘whack’ a coin and handle mysterious objects!

Chronology: Local History Treasure Hunt
Develop chronological understanding with a difference! Pupils become the heads of a giant timeline, from Stone Age to modern day. Solve a treasure hunt for objects in our Leeds Story gallery then finish in style with creative group presentations.

Egyptians at the Museum
An action-packed adventure where pupils step into the tomb of the museum’s mummy, seek real Ancient Egyptian treasures, mummify Suny the Egyptian boy and magic up your own amulet charm.

Romans at the Museum
Are you ready for a Roman quest in a local context? Come and experience ‘Romanisation’ of Britain.

Self-led visits
Come and explore Leeds and the wider world through Leeds City Museum. We can support topics on local history, the ancient civilisations of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Contact us via the email address below for details of our self-led learning packs.

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 4485​ or email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk to book a workshop.​​​

Click to expand​Key Stage 3 - 4 Workshops

Build Your Own Pavilion Architectural Workshop
Wed 4 Oct 2017 – free – Call 0113 3787122 to check availability/book
Take part in an exciting architectural challenge set by the Serpentine Galleries in London. We’re inviting Leeds secondary schools to express an interest in taking part. The workshop is for up to 30 pupils aged 8-16 years and will run 10.30-2pm (with a break for lunch). The workshops will encourage learning about architecture and design in relation to people and communities in their area. Guiding children through the stages of architectural design from research and ideation to finished model, the sessions will include group discussion, drawing and either hands-on model making OR getting to grips with digital design tools.

Build Your Own Pavilion Architectural TeachMeet
Wed 4 Oct 2017 – free, twilight session
We are also offering a Build Your Own Pavilion TeachMeet to share the ideas and knowledge with your colleagues. To book a free place at the TeachMeet, visit Eventbrite. Led by the design-engineer educator team at Kidesign, the TeachMeet will provide a practical framework to deliver independent Build Your Own Pavilion workshops (for young people aged 8-16 years) in the classroom, either as a one-off session or over several weeks. Covering researching your neighbourhood and defining a brief, architectural drawing and hands-on model making, there will also be the opportunity to ask questions about how to inspire your young architects and find out more about teaching next generation design technologies such as CAD and 3D printing.

CSI Bones Workshop for GCSE or A Level
Thu 4 Jan 2018 - £65 for a group (up to 30 students)
Workshop times: 10.15-11.45am; 12.30-2pm
Take on the role of an Osteoarchaeologist to find out more about excavated human skeletons. How can we determine if a skeleton is male or female? Complete pathologies to see if there is any evidence of disease or broken bones. For those studying Biology, History or Archaeology. Maximum group size per workshop: 30. We recommend extending your visit and looking around the Our Buried Bones exhibition.

Leonora Cohen, the Leeds Suffragette
Evaluate archive sources to discover Leonora, the Leeds Suffragette. Do different sources show us different versions of the past? Students will consider her court case, and debate the outcome. Explore the extraordinary life of this local woman who lived for 105 years.

Self-led Visits
Come and explore Leeds and the wider world through Leeds City Museum. We can support topics on local history, the ancient civilisations of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Contact us via the email address below for details of our self-led learning packs.

How to book:
Please call 0113 378 4485​ or email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk to book a workshop.
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Click to expandPlanning 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 by phone on 0113 378 4485​ ​or email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk

We 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.

Visitor information

Click to expandSEND Workshops

At Leeds City Museum we can provide:

  • Curriculum based workshops – for example we can deliver a 1-hour version of the Ancient Worlds workshops which have lots of hands-on elements
  • Interactive and sensory sessions – for example ‘Multi-Sensory Story of the Panda or Tiger’
  • Borrowable multi-sensory bags, ear defenders and torches
  • Arts Award support
  • Artsmark support

If you have pupils with additional physical or learning needs in your class please let us know in advance of your booking so that we can make any necessary adjustments. It helps to have as much information about your pupils as possible and we may want to ask you specific questions related to the workshop you are booking.

For SEND schools and groups our programmes can be tailored to suit pupils with complex and varying needs. We can adapt an existing workshop or work with you to create a suitable session.

We also recommend a free pre-visit for your familiarisation and risk assessment needs.


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Full site and facilities access information

Click to expandHome Educators

Workshops for home educators.

Participate in a led workshop at the museum, and work in teams with other families.
£3 per child (plus booking fee) on Eventbrite.
More information about the workshops can be found on Eventbrite

Dates and Themes:
Ancient Egypt – 5 September 2017 – ages 7-12
CSI Bones – 3 January 2018 – ages 8+ and secondary

Click to expandChildren’s Centres

Children Centre Visits and Free Craft Sessions

Organise a group visit to the museum for children and parents/carers to explore the Life on Earth gallery, spotting the tiger, birds, polar bear, dinosaur poo and more. 

Free craft activities can be provided for your group in the gallery on Wednesday or Thursday mornings.  To book a free visit, please email city.museum@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 378 4485​.

“The dads and the children absolutely enjoyed it” – Local Children’s Centre staff.



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

Have you ever held something that is thousands of 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 either made in Leeds or brought here from far-flung parts of the globe. Time travel from the creation of the landscape to modern day in the Leeds Story Gallery. Come face-to-face with a 3,000-year-old mummy! Explore the impact humans have on the global climate through the Life on Earth Gallery, which is full of animals affected in some way by us or the environment around them.

If you are thinking about organising a visit for your group or school, then we have workshops, activities, self-led activities and information to help you plan a visit!

Primary Programme:
The museum collections work well for EYFS, KS1 and KS2, supporting topics from endangered animals to ancient worlds and the chronology of local Leeds life. We focus on hands-on learning, so, within the Egyptians at the Museum workshop, pupils investigate ancient Egyptians objects, become scientific embalmers as they prepare Suny (our child-friendly replica mummy) for the afterlife and develop speaking and listening skills in group work.

Secondary Programme:
Our KS3 and KS4 programmes focus on local history and its relevance to national and global politics. We use Leeds suffragette Leonora Cohen as a case study. We also do project-based work with secondary schools, and are open to ideas about using our objects and displays to support your curriculum learning. 

What do teachers say about us?

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

“By far the best support I have ever had organising a trip!”, KS2 teacher after an Amazing Animals workshop.

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