Read More: Little Chunks of History

by Ross Horsley and Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library This is an entry in our Read More series. These are ‘long-form’ articles, where staff offer a curated and detailed look at areas of our book collections, usually based around a specific theme or subject. These posts aim to guide the interested reader through to those…

In Fairyland

If you visit Leeds College of Art’s exhibition space in their Blenheim Walk site before 26th February, you will find a supernatural celebration dating back almost a century. Based around the Cottingley Fairies series – photographs taken by two young girls near Leeds in 1917 in which they interact with ‘fairies’ – In Fairyland invites…

Library Fest 2015 Heritage events

Check our our first Library festival which include a range of heritage events. From family history workshops to viewing the treasures of the Central Library, from heritage tours to map day there’s something for everyone. Find out more

A Curiosity of Heraldry

Investigating our holdings of heraldry for our display case, we came across perhaps a unique collection, “Engravings of Arms Miscellaneous” bound, no author or date, although the material within maybe dates it c1790. Engravings of Arms Miscellaneous ,An interesting and curious book which for all intents and purposes is a scrap book collection of heraldry/coat…

A Day at the Races

Did you know that Leeds had its very own race ground in Stourton Park back in the 1820’s? It didn’t last long and faced criticism throughout its life span for encouraging gambling and immoral behaviour. It was situated opposite the former Skelton Grange Power Station on the south side of the River Aire and was…