Cuthbert Brodrick: The Architect of Victorian Leeds

Work placement student from The University of Huddersfield Haaris Mahmood, talks us through a brief history of the impact the architect Cuthbert Brodrick had on the city of Leeds. The city of Leeds is rich in architecture and other designs, which is at times taken for granted. As some residents from Leeds have said, ‘the…

Leeds Town Hall and the tradition of the ‘Civic Organ’

This week we have a guest blog post from the City Organist for Leeds, Darius Battiwalla, who tells us about the history of the organ in Leeds Town Hall. Even in a silent and empty hall, the organ in Leeds Town Hall demands attention as soon as you walk in. Like its cousins in Birmingham…

The Mechanics’ Institute: Part I – Cultivating Minds

We hear from regular guest author Tony Scaife on the Secret Library this week. This is the first of a series on the Leeds Mechanics Institute, sourced from books and other resources available in the Local Studies & Research department at the Central Library… When I first moved to Leeds, I was struck by how…

Cookridge Street Public Baths

This week, librarian Helen Skilbeck takes a look back at the history of the public baths on Cookridge Street… Directly opposite Leeds City Museum, on the site of Millennium Square, were Cookridge Street Public Baths –  also known as the Oriental and General Baths. Opened in 1866, these baths survived for nearly a century until…

Local History Quiz #7: Leeds Central Library

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…