Immense Insects Exhibition
Press Release

Location: Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square, Leeds.
Opening Date: 13th August 2021
Open to the public for free on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Exhibition Information

A brand new exhibition created by Photographer Ed Hall in partnership with Leeds City Museum exhibiting insects in incredible detail. Funded by a Royal Entomological Society Goodman Award the exhibition highlights the importance of insects in natural history collections and hopes to unveil a seldom seen part of the natural world.

Specialist photographic methods have been used on the insects from the Leeds Museum collection, allowing them to be printed up to 3 metres wide. This provides the perfect way to get up close and personal with some incredible creatures. The specimens will be on display along side their images, to give visitors an appreciation for the scale on which the images have been printed.  

Ed Hall’s work focuses on digital preservation of important specimens from the insect collections we have in the UK. One insect featured in the exhibition that highlights the importance of this work is Sloane’s Urania (pictured below), a day flying moth from Jamaica. A species that is now extinct in the wild. Museum specimens are the only records we now have of this species, but they won’t last forever. Digitally preserving extinct species like this at ultra-high resolution means we can continue to study and observe these specimens even when they are gone.  

Dead Inspiring

The exhibition is also linked to the Leeds Museum’s Dead Inspiring project. An exciting new project working to empower women to get involved in science by exploring the natural world through the fascinating lens of entomology. Events and workshops for this project are to be organised around the exhibition.

About the photographer

Ed Hall is a photographer based in Leeds, UK. He has a background in ecology research, and currently works with museums and educational institutions photographing natural history collections.

As a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Ed is researching and working to improve the digital preservation of natural history collections in the UK. These collections provide a rich scientific history of creatures all over the world. They won’t last forever, and need to be preserved before they are gone. This is especially important for species that are already extinct in the wild, since specimens in museums are often the only records we have left.

Contact Details


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Use of Images for Promotion

All images on this webpage can be saved and used for promotion of the exhibition.

Credit should be given for all images as ‘Copyright Ed Hall & Leeds Museums and Galleries’ and linked to Ed Hall’s Instagram @macroprophoto