Lepidoptera in the Library

Spring is definitely here, trees are heaving with blossom, daffodils are swaying gently in the breeze and the butterflies are back. To celebrate this re-emergence of colour into the natural world we bring you a selection of our heritage Butterfly and Moth stock. Now those of you who don’t consider yourselves Lepidoptera fans shouldn’t flutter…

Shakespeare 450

April 23rd marks the 450th year of his birth and here at Leeds Central Library we intend to do the anniversary justice with a celebration or two. With hundreds of copies of the Bard’s work in stock we wanted to show off some of our heritage Shakespeare stock not usually seen by the public. The…

Leeds Central Library Tiled Hall

The Municipal Buildings opened April 17th 1884 by Mayor, Alderman Edwin Woodhouse, after a competition was held to design them. It was won by George Corson, whose plans included dividing the buildings into the ‘business’ side, which fronted on to Calverley Street, and the ‘popular’ side which led on to Centenary Street, now the Headrow….

Celebrating 150 Years of Rugby in Leeds, 1864-2014

From 1st April to 20th April in our newly refurbished Arts Space on the 1st floor we have an exhibition celebrating the history of Rugby in Leeds. Panels for each decade display information and photographs depicting the sport in Leeds. The 1860s started it off with an advert in the Leeds Mercury for “persons to…