Do you recall the ‘Winter of Discontent’?

If so, please join us this coming Saturday at Leeds Central Library to share your memories of the 1978-79 ‘Winter of Discontent’, as a contribution to new academic research. There will also be an opportunity to browse relevant stock from our collections. Further details in the poster image below, or contact us on 0113 37 85005.

Exploring Emily Brontë

Librarian Antony Ramm highlights some books that take an oblique look at the Emily Brontë story… Last Monday marked the 200th-anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth, and there have been a wide range of articles in the local, national, specialist and social media describing and analysing both Emily’s life and her masterpiece: the novel Wuthering Heights (1847)….

Cuthbert Broderick – The Architect of Victorian Leeds

Work placement student from The University of Huddersfield Haaris Mahmood, talks us through a brief history of the impact the architect Cuthbert Broderick had on the city of Leeds. The city of Leeds is rich in architecture and other designs, which is at times taken for granted. As some residents from Leeds have said, ‘the people…

When Football Did Come Home

Librarian Antony Ramm looks at a Central Library book of autographs that record the still-unrepeated success of 1966… So, in the end, it didn’t come home – and I think most of us knew it wouldn’t. But – as most of us do know – it did indeed come home in July of 1966, when…

Curating the Stacks: Research Guides

Librarian Antony Ramm takes a look at the secret library at the centre of the Central Library, and highlights some useful resources for getting the most out of the books held there… Many visitors to our Central Library remark on the grandeur and elegance of the building itself, as well as the quality and quantity…

Leeds Rugby Research: Can You Help?

This week on the Secret Library we here from Peter Benson, of the Leeds Rugby Heritage Group, who are making a call for names and information about some early players of the game in Leeds… One of the Leeds Rugby Heritage Group objectives is to identify, record and research every person who has played for…