Photo essay: Discovery Centre is one of Leeds’s hidden gems

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Come face-to-face with the famous Armley Hippo, elephant skulls and a giant deer at the Leeds Discovery Centre.

Located inside Leeds’ state-of-the-art museum, the Discovery Centre is home to more than one million objects collected since 1819.

Gemma Pollard, site development officer at the Leeds Discovery Centre  with 'Billy' a hippopotamaus that lived at london Zoo in the 1930's and was bought when he died by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society for display in the Park Row museum in the city.
 PIC: Gary Longbottom

Gemma Pollard, site development officer at the Leeds Discovery Centre with 'Billy' a hippopotamaus that lived at london Zoo in the 1930's and was bought when he died by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society for display in the Park Row museum in the city. PIC: Gary Longbottom

With collections of items ranging from mummies to dresses and textiles, visitors can get a hands-on exploration of early human history and culture.

Coun Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “The Leeds Discovery Centre gives history lovers of all ages the chance to explore millions of years of world history and to learn more about everything from textles and world cultures to natural science and geology.

“We are very fortunate to have such a state-of-the-art facility and the centre is a true asset to Leeds.”

Pictures by Gary Longbottom

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