On a hot day in July, our research took us to the Leeds Discovery Centre, a“state-of-the-art museum storage facility, storing and protecting over one million fascinating objects. From elephant skulls to a medieval log boat, mummy bandages and meteorites, the Discovery Centre offers a unique opportunity for hands-on exploration into the natural world, human history and ingenuity.”
Housing 95% of the Leeds Museums and galleries collection, the store has a a great number of costume and textile items, from social history to military uniforms, tailoring to trade union banners. Our tour lasted for around 60 minutes and was a great introduction to the object store and potential avenues for our research.
We had a brief glimpse into the clothing cabinets and a few garments were taken out for us to look at. The beautifully embroidered clothing and intricate designs gave us an insight into how clothing was constructed. The shelves in the rolling stack were enticing! Full of boxes relating to fashion and accessories.
Tours are available to the public every Thursday, and there’s no need to book. To book a specialist tour with the curators, you can email the Discovery Centre directly.