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Leeds Discovery Centre brings history to life

As part of the More Able programme in History, the department organised a number of sessions for Year 7 and 8 students. Year 7 looked at the Romans whilst Year 8 focused on World War One. The sessions were run by Andrew Kryover from the Leeds Discovery Centre and took place both within school and at the Discover Centre itself.

The Centre has over a million objects stacked on shelves in a giant fridge, safely away from natural light, with secure magnetic door locks and some of the stickiest bug traps in the world. It’s Leeds’ very own ‘Night at the Museum-esque’ custom-built storage facility in South Leeds. Stored at the centre are millions of objects which are currently not on display at any of the other eight Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Andrew provided a selection of interesting items from the period of time each Year group are studying through the curriculum. This included an oil burner, original pottery, a set of tweezers and coins from the Roman era. Year 8 were given a ‘Dead man’s penny’ which was sent to the families of soldiers who were killed during the war, postcards sent by soldiers from the frontline, a set of German playing cards, trench art created by soldiers as well as a brass tin sent from Queen Mary to the soldiers in the First War World as a Christmas present.

Each group were able to handle and examine the artefacts, bringing to life the experiences of people who lived through these iconic times in history.

Anna Simons,

Teacher of History

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