Local History Quiz #9: Leeds Blue Plaques

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaques of Leeds and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site or on our photographic archive Leodis, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What…

LGBT+ Leeds: A Brief History in Photographs

A heritage project called West Yorkshire Queer Stories recently spent two years interviewing LGBT+ people across the region in order to find out more about local queer history. The result is a new website packed with information and anecdotes reaching back to the 1950s, at wyqs.co.uk. Project worker Ross Horsley has picked out some of…

Family History Resources: Military Records

This week on the Secret Library we hear from Local and Family History’s Josh Flint, who will be exploring the incredibly useful family history resource, military service records. This article will explore what military service records are, how to access them and how they can be useful for your own family history research. Military personnel records…

The Theatrical Life of Tate Wilkinson

On the Secret Library this week we have a article from guest writer Dominique Trigg, the creator of Some Sources Say, who has written about the fascinating  life of Tate Wilkinson, an Eighteenth Century pioneer of Leeds Theatre. If you would like to read more excellent articles from Dominique then you should visit Some Sources…

Reviewing Statues in Leeds

Leeds City Council is reviewing the statues in Leeds to see how they can better represent the diversity of our city. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Judith Blake has commissioned an independent review into the statues in Leeds. The review will: look at the way the city has celebrated individuals through statues review all…

Local History Quiz #8: Maps and Prospects of Leeds

This week’s local history quiz is on the Maps and Prospects of Leeds, set by Librarian Antony Ramm. As usual, most of the answers can be found somewhere on the Secret Library blog… What year is the very first (known) map of Leeds from? (above) a. 1560 b. 1207 c. 1626 2. Which local boy…

Harry Croft Scrapbook

This week on the Secret Library, we hear from Library Officer Karen Downham, on a fascinating piece of Leeds social history – with an intriguing connection to a Second World War hero… For the last couple of months I have been tackling a project on the Scrapbook of Harry Croft, Secretary of Leeds St Mark’s…