Our University has a rich cultural heritage which we are committed to sharing with schools, colleges and the wider community. We welcome pupils of all ages to explore our museums and galleries and offer a choice of talks, tours, hands-on activities and cross-curricular workshops. Our curators and specialist staff can help you plan your school visit and work with you to develop a bespoke educational programme for your students. 

M&S Company Archive

The Marks in Time exhibition in the M&S Company Archive on campus celebrates the role that the company has played in peoples’ lives for over 128 years. The exhibition tracks its journey from market stall, to Penny Bazaar, to international retailer.

It features:

  • unique artefacts
  • historic garments
  • films and photographs 
Our programme for primary and secondary school pupils can be hosted at the M&S Company Archive or at your school with the M&S eLearning Hub

Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The museum works with departments across the campus to help preserve, study and display scientific objects.  Collections include natural history specimens, medical instruments, experimental apparatus and a range of demonstration devices.

We are able to offer school tours and object-based workshops led by academic staff and postgraduate students.  Please contact the Museum Director for more information about our outreach and education programme.

The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery

The gallery offers contemporary exhibitions and displays treasures from the University’s art collection and our library’s Special Collections.

Our exceptional art collection includes stunning examples of European and British painting, drawings and prints, dating from the 17th century up to the present day, as well as small collections of sculpture, ceramics, miniatures and photographs. 

Schools are welcome to come to the gallery for self-directed study with teachers' packs and resources available to support your visit. The gallery is also working to develop a series of delivered school workshops. Please contact the Education Officer if you would like to be kept informed of events as they become available.

stage@leeds

The University’s theatre stage@leeds hosts a range of student productions and visiting artists. School groups are welcome to watch matinee performances of any University production.

The complex comprises of:

  • Stage One: a 180-seat auditorium
  • the Alec Clegg studio: a 50-seat experimental studio theatre
  • a dance studio

The theatre hosts a range of student productions and visiting artists. Matinees for school groups can be arranged for any University production upon request.

The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

Based in the Parkinson building, the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery is the public face of the world-renowned Special Collections held at the University of Leeds. Schools and groups are welcome to visit the gallery for self-led visits.  Please contact the Learning and Engagement Officer to make arrangements.

University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA) 

ULITA, in St Wilfred’s Chapel, collects, preserves and documents textiles from across the globe. School groups are welcome to attend exhibitions and take advantage of:  

  • data projection equipment for presentations and workshops
  • staff that are available to visit schools as part of specific projects
  • a research study space for viewing original items
  • ULITA’s website containing a large digital image catalogue, and links to resources such as ‘my learning