Entries by Sara Merritt

Ples to meet you as prehistoric predator finds new home

23 Jan 2020 The fossilised remains of a spectacular marine reptile which once ruled the planet’s oceans have been given a new home in Leeds. The prehistoric bones of a Plesiosaur, thought to have died around 160 million years ago, have gone on permanent display at the Leeds Discovery Centre this week. Originally discovered in […]

Museum’s unusual instrument is a real glass act

16 Jan 2020 For Georgian virtuosos, it was the ideal instrument for showing audiences they were in a glass of their own. And this month, Leeds’s own incredible glass harp is set to strike a chord with visitors to a new exhibition celebrating hundreds of years of the city’s musical memories. Made in 1820 by […]

Great expectations as museum becomes the host of Christmas past

9 Dec 2019 It’s just the type of picture perfect Dickensian scene that’s an annual festive fixture on countless Christmas cards. And this week, visitors to Abbey House Museum will get the chance to follow in the footsteps of characters from A Christmas Carol as they step back in time and visit the city’s very […]

Historic WW1 photos brought to life for moving museums display

2 Dec 2019 Copies of the moving 3D images can be downloaded here. Powerful images of soldiers on the front lines of the First World War have been stunningly brought to life by a Leeds artist. Using a specialist type of vintage photography together with the latest computer technology, the historic sepia-toned photos captured in […]

Town hall clock’s time capsule a striking reminder of modern Leeds

29 Nov 2019 For more than 160 years it’s been a stalwart of the Leeds skyline, marking off some of the most important moments in the city’s history. Now a new addition to the iconic Leeds Town Hall clock will capture a moment in the life of modern Leeds for future generations as the building’s […]

Striking display brings museum’s Victorian whale to life

30 Oct 2019 The remains of a Victorian whale cruelly killed by fishermen more than 150 years ago have been brought to life in a striking new display at Leeds City Museum. After months of meticulous work behind the scenes reassembling hundreds of bones, the bones of the impressive long-finned pilot whale have been hung […]