Tales From the Stacks: Solving a Mystery

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library This blog was supposed to be about something else; instead, it’s about this:                 That question was posed back in September (2015!) and elicited a variety of responses: a hand-stamp, a block print, perhaps even something left behind…

Read More: Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Leeds City Council has organised a programme of events over the next week to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme is “Don’t Stand By” and will “commemorate the millions who were murdered in the Holocaust, by Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides, in order to…

Secrets of The Palm: An Insight into Early Radio Broadcasting in Leeds

This week’s post is by Tony Scaife, a Heritage Volunteer based at the Local and Family History Library. He’s been indexing volumes of The Palm, the magazine of the old Leeds Central High School, which inspired him to delve a little deeper into the city’s early radio days… In 1901, the groundbreaking Central High School (CHS)…

New: African-Caribbean Family History Workshop and Guide to Resources

Following the success of a session run during Black History Month last year, the Leeds Library and Information Service is pleased to announce that we will be running a further African-Caribbean Family History workshop at Chapeltown Library on the 14th of January. To aid interested researchers we have updated a leaflet covering the best resources for…

Christmas and New Year in the Territorial Hospitals, 1917

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Within three months of the outbreak of the First World War, Leeds had already seen its first influx of injured soldiers. These made their way to Beckett’s Park to what would become the city’s largest military care centre, the 2nd Northern General Hospital. At its…