Wakefield Museum facts for kids
From 1955 Wakefield Museum was housed in a 19th century listed building. Wakefield Museum has been in its current home, the Wakefield One civic building, since 2013. The relocated museum was officially opened by Sir David Attenborough in March 2013.
The museum covers the story of Wakefield, looking at the Manor of Wakefield in the Tudor period, HM Prison Wakefield, Wakefield as the West Yorkshire Police Headquarters, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, The Battle of Wakefield, Wakefield's writers and theatres and more.
There is a dedicated area to Charles Waterton - a pioneering Victorian eco-warrior, explorer and Yorkshireman. Waterton developed a nature park (arguably the first in Europe) at his home, Walton Hall near Wakefield. His collection of preserved animals – some made up from different animal parts can be seen. The deadly caiman which Waterton rode ashore in South America is displayed under the floor, allowing visitors to get a unique view of this special object.
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