The Monopoly Man in Leeds: Waddington Plc

University of Huddersfield history student and library volunteer Haaris Mahmood continues his series of articles for The Secret Library, by looking back over the achievements of the Waddington company in the first-half of the 20th-century… In recent years the evolution of gaming has proved to be revolutionary with many new platforms being established such as video games and virtual…

People of Leeds #2: Cedric Clarke

University of Huddersfield history student and library volunteer Haaris Mahmood continues his series of articles for The Secret Library, by looking back over the life of Cedric Clarke: Leeds’ first Councillor of African-Caribbean heritage. This is also the second entry in our occasional People of Leeds series, where we explore the lives and achievements of lesser-known…

A Rather Useful Map from 1967

Librarian Antony Ramm takes a brief look at a very useful map of Leeds city centre in the 1960s… We recently welcomed University student Jessica Heath to the Central Library, to lead an exploration of the 1970 Leeds Clothing Strike. As part of that workshop, various books and other resources from our Local and Family…

The Life of Patric Knowles

University of Huddersfield history student and library volunteer Haaris Mahmood looks back over the life of a legendary but lesser-known Hollywood star who began life in Horsforth. The city of Leeds has been home to many advancements in the world of filmmaking; both technically and in talent, being the birth place of a number of…

1970 Clothing Strike: New Resource

We were delighted to welcome University of Leeds student, Jessica Heath, to the Central Library in March of this year. Jessica led a workshop exploring the causes and effects of the 1970 Clothing Strike across Leeds, which was largely led by women workers. The legacy of that workshop, as Librarian Antony Ramm explains, was the…

William Boyne and the Voices of History

Librarian Antony Ramm takes a look at the deep history behind the creation of a celebrated Leeds antiquarian “masterpiece”. This article has been written to accompany the publication of a new Research Guide at the Central Library, exploring our Leeds Antiquarian Collection… William Boyne was born in Leeds around 1814, to Thomas Boyne, a successful local…

Thomas Gent’s 1733 Wood Engraving of Leeds

Librarian Antony Ramm takes a brief look at a lesser-known view of Leeds in the 18th-century… Eighteenth-century Leeds suffers slightly, perhaps, in the popular mind-set, sandwiched between a  19th-century more obviously traceable in its effects on the built environment of the city, and a seventeenth-century with more viscerally thrilling episodes and dominant personalities. While much good…

The Vote Before the Vote

This week, local author Chris Nickson tells us more about a timely new exhibition to be seen in Room 700 of the Central Library… Let me offer you a few Leeds names: Catherine Buckton, Louisa Garbutt, Isabella Ford, Alice Cliff Scatcherd, Mary Gawthorpe, Mary Smith. Do they mean anything? To most people, they don’t. But…