The FRANK KIDSON Collection

by Karen Downham, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Frank Kidson was an English folksong collector and musical scholar. He was also an artist, writer and historian. He was born in Leeds in 1855 in Centenary Street, on the site of what is now Victoria Gardens. He was one of the founders of the…

New Research Guide: Frank Kidson Collection

Good news if you’re a fan of folk music, or enjoyed our previous post Folk Hero Frank Kidson… We’ve just published a new research guide aimed at helping you get the best out of the large collection of materials held at Leeds Central Library relating to the city’s esteemed music historian, Frank Kidson (1855-1926). From his…

Folk Hero: Frank Kidson

by Karen Downham, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Earlier this month, Leeds Central Library hosted Kidson Day, an event celebrating the folk song collector Frank Kidson, his legacy to Leeds and his significant contribution to the world of music and folk song. Visiting artists Pete Coe and Alice Jones had been researching, learning…

Speed-dating our Library Treasures II: Small Books and Big Ideas

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library You may recall that, during our 2016 Library Fest programme, we trialled a new event: Speed-date our Library Treasures. Put simply, this was an opportunity for the public to engage with a wide range of some of our most interesting and unique stock items, all curated by…

Stories, Songs and Proclamations

By Karen Downham, Local & Family History Library This week in the blog we will be looking at Broadsides, and exploring some of those in the Local & Family History Collection. A broadside, in its simplest definition, is a sheet of paper printed only on one side. They were often posters announcing events, proclamations, and advertisements,…

Research & Collection Guides

Our research and collection guides provide a curated introduction to the most interesting items held at Leeds Central Library. You’ll find links to many of these guides embedded in related blog articles, but this page is a convenient way to browse the full set. COLLECTIONS Treasures of the Leeds Central Library The Alf Mattison Collection (Leeds…

The GRIMSHAW Collection

by Philip Wilde, Information and Research, Central Library Arthur Edmund Grimshaw was a Leeds born artist and musician. He was the son of the great Leeds artist John Atkinson Grimshaw. Although Arthur also painted he was better known as a composer. The Central Library holds an original manuscript performance set of his ‘two old English melodies’, together…

#explorearchives: A Tale of One Manuscript and Two Lords Irwin

by Gilly Margrave, Music and Performing Arts, Leeds Central Library One of the rarest items in the archive of our Music and Performing Arts Library has to be the manuscript of a Cantate di Camera à Voce Sola written by Giuseppe Montuoli of Lucca and dedicated to “Signor Milord Eduardo Irwin and dated 1706. This refers to…