Entries by Sara Merritt

Hip, hip hooray as curators find the whole tooth behind museum’s natural wonder

Museum experts in Leeds turned dental detectives this week to get straight to the root of an historic hippo headscratcher. The team at the Leeds Discovery Centre were preparing a colossal hippopotamus skull for display when they discovered one of the African animal’s enormous teeth was missing. After a lengthy search through a collection of […]

New chapter begins to help secure future of Kirkstall Abbey

An exciting new programme of events and activity is being put together as part of innovative plans to invest in a sustainable future for historic Kirkstall Abbey. Following a public consultation earlier this year, the project will see new entrance charges introduced for non-Leeds residents visiting the abbey ruins, helping to generate crucial income to […]

Ukrainian dress loan celebrates nation’s culture

A beautiful Ukrainian costume embroidered by a mother for her daughter to wear on stage during traditional dance performances is now on display in What Shall I Wear at Lotherton. The colourful outfit, dating from the 1960s, is an example of the country’s national dress and belongs to Olga Callaghan, a Ukrainian who lives in […]

Celebrate LGBT+ history at OUTing the Past Leeds next week

The story of the Gallus of Catterick, an ancient Roman trans woman whose remains were discovered in 1982, is set to captivate audiences next week at OUTing the Past Leeds, the city’s annual celebration of LGBT+ history. When an excavation in Catterick, North Yorkshire, unearthed the remains of a person with a lot of ceremonial […]

Trusted Leeds-made money was a sound investment for 19th Century bankers

If there’s one thing Yorkshire folk have become famous for over the centuries, it’s knowing how to take care of their money. And shrewd 19th Century bankers were quick to cash in on that tried and trusted Leeds name by printing and circulating their own local pound notes. The beautifully ornate currency proved an ingenious […]

Putting 100-year-old penguin on ice is a happy feat for museum curators

A museum’s magnificent stuffed penguin will spend the next two weeks chilling out in a giant, state-of-the-art freezer as curators give damaging bugs and beetles the cold shoulder. The impressive emperor penguin has been put on ice at Leeds Discovery Centre after experts there detected potentially problematic pests which can destroy delicate taxidermy specimens. Over […]