White Soup

January 28th this week marked the anniversary of the publication of the Jane Austen classic Pride & Prejudice.  To celebrate we bring you a staple from any Austen era ball, a recipe for White Soup. We are first introduced to the delicacy by Mr Bingley  in Austen’s classic; “As for the ball, it is quite a…

Famous Last Words

When they decided to stage a production of the historical tragedy Jane Shore in the summer of 1817, no one at the Leeds Theatre suspected that a very real tragedy was about to strike. Here’s a scan of the original playbill – now nearly 200 years old – advertising that dramatic night. It’s one of…

2015 Anniversaries

It is well known that the next 12-months see several anniversaries of major significance: the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta (1215); the 600th anniversary of Agincourt (1415); and the 200th anniversary of Waterloo (1815). But those three anniversaries are not the whole story, with 2015 also marking several other events of historical and literary importance:…

Map of Murder

One of the more unusual items amongst our large collection of historical maps at Leeds Central Library goes by the name of ‘Regina v. William Higgins and Others’. The title refers to a court case that took place in late 1850 and the map is a ‘Prosecutor’s Plan’ from the time, showing the part of…

Heritage tours

Find out more about our fabulous Central Library building with a new series of behind the scenes tours. The first dates are this weekend with one on Saturday 10th January 1-2.30p.m. and Sunday 11th January, 12 noon – 1.30 p.m. Further dates follow in February and March. Book your place at http://leedslibraryevents.ticketsource.co.uk/