Leeds nostalgia: Do you have a mystery object you want to find out more about?

260816  Seaside Amusement machines c 1950's-60's  at the Leeds Discovery Centre .
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260816 Seaside Amusement machines c 1950's-60's at the Leeds Discovery Centre . Photo Essay.
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Not so much an ‘object’ of the week but rather ‘objects’: a million of them.

They are all housed at Leeds’s council-run Discovery Centre, which has everything from old television sets, paintings and wheelchairs to giant whale skeletons and fossils dating back billions of years. You can even visit and handle some of these, during special sessions.

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These sessions can be arranged and delivered by a curatorial staff or arranged to complement courses currently running at colleges and universities and run by course leaders using museum objects.

Their collections are also available to students and academics for research purposes.

In addition, free store tours are run every Thursday (excluding December 29), at 11am and 2pm.

A spokeswoman said: “This unique centre helps us preserve and protect over one million intriguing objects and treasures from our dress and textile, social history, natural science, geology, archaeology and world cultures collections. From toucans to telephones, meteorites and masks, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

One of the best ways to access and see the collections is to enjoy one of the free store tours.

And if you have an object at home and want to find more about it, you can email a picture of it to discovery.centre@leeds.gov.uk and one of their experts will get back to you..

For more information about visiting our store, please contact us on 0113 378 2100 or email discovery.centre@leeds.gov.uk.

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