People of Leeds #8: Annie Tunnington

The eighth in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, we tell the story of Annie Tunnington, the ‘Poppy Lady of Leeds’. You can view all entries in this People of Leeds series elsewhere on the blog.  Annie Tunnington of Roundhay began selling poppies in response to the…

The Leeds Club

The Leeds Club (est. 1852) Albion Place Founded in 1849, moved into premises on Albion Place in 1852. Said to have been the equal of “any clubhouse out of London,” the Club ensured exclusivity with a very high annual subscription fee: approximately £6 a year, while the Leeds Radical Universal Suffrage Association, a working-class Chartist…

Rock Against Racism

Rock Against Racism (1977) Leeds Polytechnic (Beckett University) Rock Against Racism (RAR) was the umbrella name for a series of concerts aimed at combating racism in 1970s Britain. The first RAR gig took place at the Princess Alice pub in London during late 1976 – while Leeds was home to the second, in 1977. Organised…

Leeds United: 100 Years

Today marks the centenary of Leeds’ football club: Leeds United. To mark the occasion, the Local and Family History department at the Central Library has produced a new research guide, listing the main and most interesting books and other resources available for anyone wanting to find out more about the Club and its fans, players…

The 1981 uprising

The week we welcome guest author Miriam White, who is currently a PhD student at the University of Leeds. Here Miriam discusses the social and political environment that led to the 1981 uprising In Chapeltown, with first hand accounts from the people there. You can find similar articles on our heritage trail page: Power and…

National Libraries Week: The ‘Old Leeds’ Exhibition of 1908

To mark National Libraries Week, Leeds Central Library is hosting an exhibition exploring the history of the Library Service in the city. Today, Librarian Antony Ramm highlights one book series on display in that exhibition, focusing on the ‘Old Leeds’ celebrations of 1908… In the summer of 1908, over 70,000 people visited the Leeds Art…

Mining Genealogy Gold – A Hidden Gem in Leeds Central Library

This week we welcome guest author and family historian Jane Roberts, who explores how the Leeds Central Library Collection has shed new light on her own family history and the working conditions of children in mines and collieries.  As a family historian, I’m always on the look-out for sources which flesh out the lives of…

John De Morgan

John De Morgan (1877-1880) Calverley Street and Great George Street The Leeds School Board building was designed by George Corson and opened in 1881 (Corson was also responsible for the neighbouring Municipal Building). As well as a significant site of local power in its own right, the School Board was also briefly home to a…