Leeds City Museum

1906 Ordinance survey map (published 1908)

Skating in Edwardian Leeds

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In 1909, there were 5 skating rinks in Leeds. Using historic maps, Catherine Robins has found out exactly where they were and what became of the buildings after they closed.
Curator Milo Phillips with a hippo skull at Leeds Discovery Centre

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

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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…
A curator holding a Leeds £5 note

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…
Curator with Megaloceros giganteus at Leeds City Museum

Museum’s deer friend gets spruced up in time for Christmas

Sporting the biggest antlers the world has ever seen and standing more than seven feet tall, it’s a super-sized specimen that could even give Rudolf a run for his money. And this week experts have been treating Leeds City Museum’s 10,000…
Leeds City Museum's Preservative Party holding a certificate for their Marsh Award for volunteering.

Young curators make history with another top award win

A group of determined young curators who stuck together during the pandemic to work on a series of socially-conscious exhibitions and innovative digital displays has scooped a top award. Leeds City Museum’s Preservative Party travelled…