The GLEDHOW HALL HOSPITAL SCRAPBOOK (1915-1919)

  A scrapbook created by Edith Cliff, the matron at Gledhow Hall hospital during the First World War. Officially entitled The Great European War, the scrapbook consists of photographs, newscuttings, letters and ephemera relating to life in the hospital between 1915 and 1919. You can read a previous blog post on this fascinating item from our…

The Gledhow Hall scrapbook

One fascinating item in our collections is a scrapbook put together by the matron at Gledhow Hall hospital during the First World War. Officially entitled ‘The Great European War’ the scrapbook consists of photographs, newscuttings, letters and ephemera relating to life in the hospital between 1915 and 1919. Gledhow Hall at the time of the…

Leeds in the First World War: New Leodis Collection

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, it seems a good time to delve into our Leodis photographic archive to see how Leeds fared during this period. A selection of these images has been brought together for the first time in a new Leodis Collection on the First World War, showcasing…

Treasures

The most important Treasures held at Leeds Central Library.  Click a link to find out more, or view a list of our most significant Collections. The BOOK OF HOURS 15th-century Illuminated Manuscript. The SAXTON ATLAS 16th-century map of England and Wales. The CISTERCIAN MISSAL 16th-century liturgical book, most likely from the Library at Kirkstall Abbey. INCUNABULA Books printed prior to…

Commemorating World War I: Collections, Events & Exhibitions

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library We are now roughly mid-way through the centenary of the First World War and the Leeds Library and Information Service continues to mark that anniversary with a series of regular events – including exhibitions, talks and workshops. Our most recent set of such commemorative offerings were timed…

Christmas and New Year in the Territorial Hospitals, 1917

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library Within three months of the outbreak of the First World War, Leeds had already seen its first influx of injured soldiers. These made their way to Beckett’s Park to what would become the city’s largest military care centre, the 2nd Northern General Hospital. At its…

A ‘Little’ Journey

London, Switzerland, Germany… What do all these places have in common? The answer is: you can find them all within the Leeds-Bradford area. Today we thought we’d take a little journey through Europe, Secret Library style. We’ll start in the well-known Leeds suburb of Little London, before calling in on the city’s other Little London,…

Lights, Camera, Action…Libraries

You could be forgiven for thinking you’d seen a ghost roaming the corridors of Leeds Central Library today, however the dapper gentlemen in bowler hats and ladies in bustles walking down the stairs were actors filming a new adaptation of Vera Brittain’s ‘Testament of Youth’. This first instalment of Brittain’s memoirs covers the period of…