Leeds Nostalgia: Discovery Centre objects and tours

200716  A line up of  Nile Crocodiles  have been seized from smugglers  by HM Customs  being stored at the Leeds Discovery Centre .
200716 A line up of Nile Crocodiles have been seized from smugglers by HM Customs being stored at the Leeds Discovery Centre .
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Not so much a single object this week as a collection thereof. Numbering about a million.

That’s roughly how many objects are stored at the Leeds Discovery Centre - it’s about 95 per cent of the entire Leeds collection, the remainder of which is on display at nine sites across the district.

The objects range dramatically, from giant whale bones to pre-historic dinosaur fossils, stuffed animals, old maps, books, pictures, record players and radios, chairs and furniture, there’s even an old biscuit from the Second World War, which, remarkable, is still intact, although how edible it is something which will probably never known.

The archive houses objects from social history, natural science, geology, archaeology and world cultures in a giant warehouse on Carlisle Road.

Some of the objects, such as the life-sized replica of a baby giant squid, are hung dramatically from the ceiling.

One of the best ways to access and see the collections is to enjoy one of the free store tours held every Thursday at 11am and 2pm (no need to book ahead). These unique tours highlight fascinating objects and delve into the stories behind some of our most unusual items.

For more information about visiting the Discovery Centre, contact 0113 378 2100 or email them at discovery.centre@leeds.gov.uk

The venue is at Carlisle Road, LS10 1LB. Various family activity days are also planned, with an ‘Extinct and Endangered’ event on August 10, at 10am.

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