Do your family members roll their eyes?

This week we hear from Library & Digital Assistant Becky Bavill about a new club for all you frustrated local historians out there…

Do your family members roll their eyes and leave the room when you say things like ‘Did you know Leeds wasn’t a city until 1893?’

Do friends cross the street as you chase after them saying ‘Wait, there’s another thing about these streetlights!’

Do your work colleagues fight to evacuate the office when you say ‘I read this really interesting thing about Briggate the other day. . . ’

Then you need Local History Club!

“Wait! Come back so I can tell you about how Leeds got its first Lady Mayor!” (c) West Yorkshire Archive Service,

A new initiative from Local & Family History at Leeds Central Library, Local History Club aims to draw in people from across Leeds, sharing stories and developing links with local groups and collections within communities. Whether you’ve studied history or not, have a particular research interest or not, we want you to feel confident in sharing your snippets and maybe taking them further.  Librarians and other staff members will be on hand to share their experience in researching topics, demonstrating tools like the microfilm readers; or arranging showings of special collections to small groups at a mutually convenient time. 

Everyone in Leeds deserves access to cultural treasures and to see themselves and their communities reflected in the spectacular things our city celebrates and creates. Leeds City of Culture 2023 Prospectus

We know from experience in the library that a chance conversation about an event, or a shared fact about a local celebrity can help us explore topics in ways we might never have considered.  By coming together we can spark conversations, and maybe even collaborations with people who really are interested in that thing you found out by chance when you were online looking up the name of your local councillor.  Local History Club is free, and drop ins are welcome, but if you book a place via Ticketsource we can buy the right biscuits.

Local History Club at Leeds Central Library, 2nd Floor, Gott Room event tickets from TicketSource

One Comment Add yours

  1. Tony Scaife Tony Scaife says:

    What a brilliant initiative. Such a welcome development

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