Above the bustle of the main galleries is the Learning Level, including our existing learning rooms and Historic Library. Here we are able to “dig deeper” – to pause for a while and find out more about the themes explored elsewhere in the museum.
The upper level hosts displays on prehistory, including the Star Carr displays, and there is an area to sit and relax and look down on the Central Hall displays below.
Leading off the balcony, the two learning rooms, or “Labs”, are dedicated to archaeology and science and are open for booking by school groups for workshops. When not occupied, visitors are able to examine objects close-up and explore further.
On the other side of the balcony gallery is the museum’s Historic Library, established by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. This room is now open to the public, and houses William Smith’s famous geological map.
Next door is our Reading Room, which provides more information on Smith and his map as part of our display, ‘The Map that Changed the World‘. A selection of books from the library are also available to browse through, with more seating available to sit quietly and read.