Hard workers, not burdens: Disabled and Deaf mill workers in Yorkshire

This week we hear from artist Gill Crawshaw, who has been delving into the Central Library archives to uncover the hidden history of disability and West Yorkshire’s textile heritage. The article is published to mark the start of UK Disability History Month, which began on November 18. A few years ago, I became interested in…

People of Leeds #14: Norma Hutchinson

In the final of three special articles to mark our Unfinished Business exhibition focusing on Women in our collections, we present resources exploring the life of Trade Unionist and local Councillor, Norma Hutchinson. This article is #14 in our People of Leeds series – mini biographies of lesser-known contributors to Leeds’ rich heritage.  Biographical details for Norma Hutchinson – the…

People of Leeds #13: Gertrude Paul

In the second of three special articles to mark our Unfinished Business exhibition focusing on Women in our collections, we reproduce a piece about Gertrude Paul, educator and activist. The document below was produced and written by Dawn Murray for Leeds City Council, based on research by the Leeds Civic Trust. This article is #13 in our People of…

People of Leeds #12: Frances Rushworth

In the first of three special articles to mark our Unfinished Business exhibition focusing on Women in our collections, Antony Ramm looks at a short-but-fascinating story from Leeds’ electoral history. This article is #12 in our People of Leeds series – mini biographies of lesser-known contributors to Leeds’ rich heritage.  The major landmarks and most important individuals…

Cookridge Street Public Baths

This week, librarian Helen Skilbeck takes a look back at the history of the public baths on Cookridge Street… Directly opposite Leeds City Museum, on the site of Millennium Square, were Cookridge Street Public Baths –  also known as the Oriental and General Baths. Opened in 1866, these baths survived for nearly a century until…

Black History Month 2020: People of Leeds

During October the majority of our content on the Secret Library blog will focus on Black History Month, including links to relevant resources held at the Central Library and signposting to external organisations, most specifically relating to Leeds, its history and heritage. Each week will have a different theme – Research, Events, Social Justice, Windrush and…

Black History Month 2020: The Windrush Generation

During October the majority of our content on the Secret Library blog will focus on Black History Month, including links to relevant resources held at the Central Library and signposting to external organisations, most specifically relating to Leeds, its history and heritage. Each week will have a different theme – Research, Events, Social Justice, Windrush and…