Celebrating England’s World Cup Win: Leeds Style

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library As almost everyone surely knows by now, fifty years ago this week – on the 30th of July, 1966, to be exact – the England team beat West Germany 4-2 to win the football World Cup for the first time. And, while most are familiar with the…

Panic on the Streets of Birmingham: July, 1791

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library On the 14th of July, 1791, a group of eminent Birmingham men – including philosophers, scientists, and newly-rich industrialists – met for dinner at the Hotel on Temple Row. This in itself would not normally be cause for comment; but what sets this meal aside from similar gatherings…

The Chimney Corner: Secret Books From The Secret Library #1

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library In a new series, we’ll be taking an occasional look at individual items from our Collections. The title, if not the exact intention, of this series – The Chimney Corner – has been taken from a charming volume published by this Library Service in the 1920s and 30s: “a…

Commemorating World War I: Collections, Events & Exhibitions

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library We are now roughly mid-way through the centenary of the First World War and the Leeds Library and Information Service continues to mark that anniversary with a series of regular events – including exhibitions, talks and workshops. Our most recent set of such commemorative offerings were timed…

Fragments of War: Quieter Voices

 By Stuart Hennigan, Communities Librarian, and Ross Horsley, Local and Family History Library World War 1 is famous for its poetry. More than that of any other war in history, the poetry of World War 1 has determined our perception of the war itself. Most people have read, or at least heard of, such luminary war poets as…

Thackeen Dhu!

By Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library How’s that for a compelling image? Unlike most of the other playbills in the collection at Leeds Central Library, you won’t find this one online at Leodis, largely because, unlike the other playbills, it doesn’t really tell you very much about the show or venue….