Booze n’ Footy: On Northern Identity and Masculinity

On Tuesday evening the Central Library welcomed a small panel of experts for an hour-long discussion. @grimupnorth2017’s @123McTom and @mjohnreeve discussing how history can inform identity at the #TheseNorthernTypes roundtable event. pic.twitter.com/Amc2ZPMvRc — Rhiannon Pickin (@RhiannonPickin) April 17, 2018 Designed to spark thinking and discussion around the theme of ‘Northern identity,’ coinciding with the current…

Leeds International Exhibition, 1890

Librarian Antony Ramm takes a brief look at the Leeds International Exhibition of 1890, a spectacular showcase with a sad ending… International exhibitions made a frequent appearance in Europe and the United States during the second half of the 19th-century, providing “nations with opportunities to demonstrate their artistic, technical and scientific ingenuity.” Among the most…

The Luddites of Liversedge

This week we hear from guest author Mike Harwood, who tells the fascinating story of Luddite activities in Liversedge, part-way between Leeds and Huddersfield – a story that “should be of interest to anyone interested in West Yorkshire – especially its industrial history”… ‘”You’re a Luddite, Mr Brook,” said the headmaster.’[1] And The Chambers Dictionary[2] has…

“It were proper worsted”: Textiles in Leeds and West Yorkshire

Join us this a week on Saturday for a fascinating workshop delivered by Emily Owen, who has been researching the textile industry in Leeds. You can read more about Emily’s work in a previous blog article. Emily continues to be interested in hearing from any one with memories of life in the textile industry –…

Can You Help? On the Trail of a WWII Soldier from Leeds

This week we hear from Dirk Paagman, who is searching for a photograph and further details about William George McClelland, a Leeds soldier who died during World War II. Dirk got in touch with us at the Local and Family History department to see if we could find anything in the local newspapers of the…

Oliver Cromwell and the First World War

Following last week’s look at our latest Speed-dating our Library Treasures event, Josh Flint from the Local and Family History department explains his fascination with Captain P.A. Charrier’s early 20th-century book on Oliver Cromwell… The Campaigns of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War: 1642- 1649, was written by Captain P. A. Charrier in 1906. Charrier,…

Speed-dating our Library Treasures III

As part of our Library Fest 2018 programme, we once again ran our popular Speed-dating our Library Treasures event – this time twice: on Valentine’s Day in the Tiled Hall cafe and a day later at the Hyde Park Book Club. Both events proved very successful, with attendees taking great interest in the wide range of items…

“Angry Women Who Shook a City”: The 1970 Leeds Clothing Strike

Today we hear form student Jessica Heath, who will be leading a workshop this coming Saturday, on a undeservedly little-known event in modern Leeds history…. The workshop will be taking an in-depth look into the 1970 Leeds Clothing Strike; it’s impact, magnitude and its repercussions on the lives of those involved. I began researching the…