Leeds Museums and Galleries

Learning is at the heart of Leeds Museums and Galleries. Across our nine very different museums and galleries, we have 1.3 million objects and artworks. We use objects and artworks to develop cultural capital and engage pupils who may have struggled with traditional educational paths, enabling them to build their own interpretations and experiences of their heritage through our collections. We can support enrichment activities, take different approaches to learning and provide alternative placements.

For primary schools, we also offer a membership scheme that enables teachers to access real museum artefacts in the classroom, backed up by training, curriculum support, and workshops (including virtual) across our 9 museum and gallery sites. We work closely with our member schools to support teaching and learning, and the embedding of cultural capital, to bring lessons to life. This can help schools to provide exciting, enriching learning experiences to their children on a regular basis.

Contact: Emily Nelson, Learning and Access Officer (Memberships), 0113 53 50469, emily.nelson@leeds.gov.uk

Careers for All placements

We develop meaningful work experience opportunities and careers support with, and for, young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Through Careers for All, we seek to address the inequalities within the workforce and help young people to bridge the gap between supported formal education settings, such as school and college, and the workplace. Each experience is personalised and planned with the young person and their support staff, to give them the best possible framework for bridging the gap. We are helping them find their ‘something’.


Contact: Carl Newbould, Learning and Access Officer (Careers for All), 07891 277 544, carl.newbould@leeds.gov.uk


MyLearning.org hosts learning resources created by arts, cultural and heritage organisations from around the country, and all content is free for educational use. Our mission is to get the fabulous objects and fantastic stories they hold, out of museum stores and archives and into young people’s hands. Designed specifically for teachers, MyLearning makes it easy to find the content you need.  Resources are curriculum linked and can be searched by keyword, subject or keystage, and filtered by media type. MyLearning is the go-to hub for high quality, trusted learning resources. 

Virtual resources and digital workshops

In a lockdown world, we are here to help get arts and culture into your setting and safely into family homes. Have a look at:

• Live virtual workshops, and short chats about a topics of interest to the young person. Our class topics are on the website, but with 1.3 million objects on hand, we can talk about most things! We can adapt our workshops for non-school groups too!

• Recovery Curriculum based on nature and landscape within the museum collections, underpinned by Arts Award: https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/engage/learn/recovery-curriculum/

MyLearning.org – Free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations, and it’s the home of the award winning the Leeds Curriculum

• Leeds Museums and Galleries You Tube Channel has topic related object videos, covering history, art and science: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLm0WvS2XqHfGjFQU-pBnBhlhUs14d7yjv . There are also additional resources and activity ideas to go with our Museum from Home videos here: https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/virtual-visit/online-activities/

Get in touch and have a chat. We can support blended learning through a variety of ways, and help develop cultural capital in the process. In conversation, we can develop individual provocations, start enquiry based learning using images, films, and objects, answer homework or enquiry questions and grow partnerships.

Research and evidence behind arts and cultural learning
Children with access to arts and culture during their education have better outcomes as adults. With regular arts engagement, pupils from low income households are:

• 20% more likely to vote
• Three times more likely to get a degree
• 38% more likely to report better mental and physical health

Those are big statistics. That’s the difference a structured cultural curriculum can make.

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