This week’s local history quiz focuses on the history of our magnificent, Grade-II listed Central Library building and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch. Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page…
Q1. What year did the Central Library open on Calverley Street?
Q2. The Central Library shares an architect with the Grand Theatre in Leeds: who was it?
- George Corson
- Cuthbert Broderick
- E Vincent Harris
Q3. What was the original use of the Tiled Hall?
- Exhibition space
- Reading Room
- Municipal Banqueting Room
Q4. What year saw the Central Library employ female assistants?
Q5. The Leeds Museum moved to the first floor of the Central Library in 1966 – which member of the Royal Family opened the new museum?
- The Queen
- Princess Anne
- Princess Margaret
Q6. The Museum had a live exhibition on the first floor; legend has it a creature escaped and lived on in the building undetected until it’s death – what was it?
Q7. Which local boy and cartographer drew the first atlas of England & Wales in 1579? (the Central Library has a copy)
- John Dee
- John Speed
- Christopher Saxton
Q8. Which famous local author has fond memories of studying in the Central Reference Library?
- Alan Bennett
- Barbara Taylor Bradford
- Arthur Ransome
Q9. The Cistercian Missal (1516) has been in our collection since 1901, but in which famous Leeds place did it originate?
- Harewood House
- Kirkstall Abbey
- Temple Newsam
Q10. In July 1934, Leeds Police HQ & CID moved into the first floor of the Central Library building. They moved out in 1965 – to which building did they go?
- Millgarth Police Station
- Brotherton House
- Leeds Town Hall
Q11. On 14th March 1941 the Central Library sustained damage in which event?
- A World War II aerial bomb
- A local riot
- An internal fire cause by staff using cookers to make lunch
Q12. The Gramophone Library opened in which year?
Q.13 In 1966 the City Engineers condemned the Central Library as ready to collapse under the weight of the books it carried. Over two weekends books were removed and placed on the basement floors of surrounding buildings hastily hired for this purpose – how many books in total were removed?
Q14. In 1987, Leeds Central Library purchased which banned book?
- Spy catcher
Q15. Before he became the City Librarian in 1968, A. B. Craven was known for completing what daring act?
- He single-handedly took down an armed robber in the library
- He scaled the front of the library building and knocked on the window of the 2nd floor Reference Library, asking to be let it
- He filed all the non-fiction out of Dewey order
Q16. The Tiled Hall displays carved heads of great writers, but whose head was destroyed sometime around the mid-20th Century?
Q17. How did Leeds Central Library acquire one of its main treasures – William Boyne’s seven-volume, grangerised History of Leeds?
- Found in a 2nd-hand book shop by a Librarian and purchased for £10
- Purchased by Mr. Richard Wilson for £175 and sold to the Library Service for the same amount
- Donated by William Boyne directly to Leeds Central Library
Q18. In which year was the screen segregating women and male readers removed from the newspaper room, to be replaced with a women-only table?
Q19. Which film set in World War I saw Leeds Central Library pretend to be an Oxford University college for filming purposes?
- Testament of Youth (2014)
- Tolkien (2019)
- Private Peaceful (2012)
Q20. For a 10-month period the Central Library closed for essential works, with a reduced library service running out of parts of the Town Hall. Over which two years did the work span?
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