The Golden Age of Childhood

Visitors to the Central Library will have seen a small display dedicated to the ‘golden age of childhood’ over the last few weeks – examples from our collections that highlight some classic children’s books and the evocative illustrations that accompanied them. As that display – which could be found outside our Information and Research department…

Yorkshire – owt or nowt?

Librarians Antony Ramm and Sally Hughes report on a Yorkshire-themed collections day school for arts students… This week the Central Library welcomed two groups of design students from the Leeds Arts University to explore our collections on the theme of Yorkshire. The aim was to inspire these young creatives to develop work that explored the subject…

New Research Guide: Yorkshire Battles

This week we hear from Josh Flint, from the Local and Family History department of the Central Library, who introduces his recent research into books exploring the rich history of battles and other conflicts in Yorkshire… Yorkshire has been the battleground for some of the bloodiest, treacherous and most vicious battles ever fought in Britain. This…

A new Civic Hall for Leeds

Last week was the 85th anniversary of the opening of one of the most recognisable buildings in Leeds – the Civic Hall. Librarian Helen Skilbeck looks back at the opening day itself where King George V and Queen Mary visited Leeds to officially open the building. The idea of building a new Civic Hall was…

Heritage Open Days: Back-to-Back Houses, Harehills

University of York PhD researcher Joanne Harrison is collaborating with Leeds Central Library’s Local and Family History department and the Compton Centre Community Hub again, to deliver two events during the national Heritage Open Days weekends. She reports here on the tours and exhibition, her research over the last year, and how to get involved…

Andy Goldsworthy at Hyde Park Picture House and the Art Library

Kiera Falgate, Library Officer on the Central Library’s Arts Floor, tells us about the art of Andy Goldsworthy, ahead of a screening at Hyde Park Picture House of a revelatory documentary on his life and work… Andy Goldsworthy, who grew up near Harrogate, is one of the most influential and fascinating living British artists, and…

Measure of the Moon: Evening Talk by Irfan Shah

This week we hear from researcher Irfan Shah on Leeds’ contribution to the development of photography. Irfan will be giving a talk on this subject here at the Central Library next Wednesday (August 22), with tickets being available to book on our Ticketsource page… When I started researching the story of Louis Le Prince –…

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.