Breaking the News: Central Library Exhibition

Monday February 28 – Thursday April 7 2022

The news has shaped the world we live in for centuries. Today we carry it everywhere we go. This major new exhibition at Leeds Central Library, in partnership with the British Library, examines the vital role it plays in all our lives.

Breaking the News will showcase some of the top stories that have shaped local and national news over the centuries and examine what makes the headlines across newspapers, television, radio and social media.

As part of the exhibition you will be able to delve into newspapers dating back to the 17th century, explore radical and alternative publications, and discover mysterious newscuttings full of supernatural stories. 

Local artist, Megan Dobbyn, will showcase her new work inspired by the library’s collections and the history of the press as a form of resistance.

This display is one of many in libraries across the UK that will run alongside Breaking the News, a major new exhibition at the British Library.

Several exciting talks and workshops will take place during the exhibition period to allow you to get up close and personal with the history and present of the world of news. You can see a full list of those events, as well as details about how to book tickets, on the Breaking the News collection page.


Some of the books and objects being displayed at the Central Library over the next few weeks and months have been previously written about on this website. You can read more about aspects of news and our library collections by clicking on the links below; many, many more of our articles have been written using newspapers as a primary resource.


To find out more about our heritage newspaper collection contact the Local Studies and Research department on 0113 37 86982 or via

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