Do You Remember Hunslet Grange Housing Estate?

This week we hear from Louise Dwyer and Gill Crawshaw, MA students at the Leeds Arts University. Louise and Gill are researching the history and legacy of the Hunslet Grange estate (aka Leek Street flats) and are searching for former residents with memories of that housing. Read on to find out more and details of…

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

As we welcome in the Year of the Dog, librarian Ross Horsley looks back over some of the ways Leeds Libraries has worked with the city’s Chinese community over the past twelve months, exploring local history in what was the Year of the Rooster.¬† The Leeds Is My Home project is a collaboration between Leeds…

People of Leeds #1: Sam, the Newsman

The first in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, Librarian Antony Ramm tells the story of 19th-century newsagent Samuel Schofield, better known to contemporaries as ‘Sam, the Newsman’… There was once a time – not so very long ago – when visitors to the centre of Leeds…

A Surprising Map of Briggate, 1844

This week on the Secret Library, librarian Antony Ramm takes a look at a lesser-known map collection in the Central Library collections. A recent blog post explored some possible sources for the authentic voice of the 19th-century Leeds working-class. One book in that small grouping included the reminiscences of James Watson, whose youthful dalliance with…

Library Fest 2018 is here!

Our annual programme of Library events is almost upon us – and, as usual, there’s something for everyone. You can browse our very attractive festival brochure (designed by our talented Librarians!) – or read on to discover more about our exciting set of heritage-themed events… (Contact details and opening times for all events and locations…

Voices from the Past, Part II: 19th-century Working-class Autobiographies

Librarian Antony Ramm searches for the authentic voice of the Leeds people in the 19th-century. Many of these Voices from the Past are from workers in the textile mills of Leeds and West Yorkshire: see a recent blog by Emily Owen to read how 20th-century textile workers can contribute their memories to contemporary research.¬† A…

Demanding Recognition: Butch and Mates in Woodhouse, 1970

This week, Librarian¬†Antony Ramm provides some context for a popular 1970 photo of Leeds. Our Leodis archive is home to thousands of historical photos of Leeds, but one in particular caught a lot of attention on social media over the last few weeks: this 1970 image showing a group of children in the Servia Hill…

Voices from the Past: Textiles in Leeds and West Yorkshire

This week on the Secret Library, we hear from guest author Emily Owen, who is conducting research into the textile industries of Leeds and West Yorkshire. Stowed away in the University of Leeds Library is Special Collections – home to everything from rare medieval manuscripts to the notebooks of famous poets like Tony Harrison, and…