Leeds nostalgia: Skeletons exhibition set to dig deep into Leeds history

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Skeletons: Our Buried Bones is a new exhibition due to open in September at Leeds Discover Centre.

The centre, run by Leeds City Council’s museums department, houses over a million objects, from some of the oldest fossils in the world to uneaten biscuits issued to troops during the First World War. It really is a fascinating place to visit, especially for children. Indeed, visits can be booked in advance.

From September 22 until January 7, there will be a new exhibition aimed at unearthing the fascinating stories of 12 people from Yorkshire and London, told through their skeletons.

This unique exhibition, in partnership with the Museum of London and Wellcome Collection and it provides a rare glimpse into the lives of the individuals who have gone before us and the history beneath our feet.

From an Iron Age male and female found buried together at Wattle Syke near Wetherby to a Medieval soldier killed at the Battle of Towton and a victim of the Black Death from London, discover what bones can reveal about people from the past and the places all around us. Explore the effects of disease, broken bones and tooth decay, as well as the results of violence and murder.

Alongside the exhibition, discover more about skeletons in Leeds and the science behind the stories in the Leeds Lab. Be a scientist for a day and test your knowledge of human bones, learn about excavations and hear from the experts who work with human skeletons.

This exhibition contains human remains.

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