The HENRY Collection

A collection of ‘Sweepiana‘ (things relating to chimney sweeps, their working conditions and the folklore, literature and mythology surrounding the subject) which were collected by Dr Sidney A. Henry and donated to Leeds Museums in 1956 in memory of his mother Ernestine Henry. Dr Henry’s interest in sweeps was first aroused by his researches into…

May Day and Mrs Montagu

We couldn’t let today pass without a look at the holiday’s traditional association with chimney sweeps – the focus of our current ‘Sweepiana’ display at Central Library. Natascha Allen-Smith and Jonathan Wright investigate… May Day is both a religious and secular occasion, celebrated as a devotion to the Virgin Mary but also a ceremony of dance and the crowning the Queen of…

What the Moon Saw

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library We’ve been thinking a fair bit about chimney sweeps recently at Central Library… Not because the chimneys here need attention (it’s a long time since any of our various original fireplaces held an open fire) but because our student-curated Sweepiana exhibition is currently occupying Room 700 until…

Once Upon a Time in Leeds Central Library

by Rhian Isaac, Collections Manager, Leeds Central Library “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”  – Neil Gaiman During Library Fest in February we delivered an array of fairy tale related events from children’s theatre performances to film…

Sweeping Through Time

Two weeks ago, we let you in on some of the secrets of the Henry Collection in Oliver Twist with a Twist. This week it’s over to our two experts on the subject, Jonathan and Natascha, to share a few of their favourite finds. Did you know that Leeds Central Library holds extensive collections on the English…

Collections

Here are the most significant collections held at Leeds Central Library. Click a link to find out more, or view a list of Treasures. The LEODIS Image Archive Our extensive image archive, featuring thousands of photographs and illustrations of Leeds. The LEEDS ANTIQUARIAN Collection Collection of items by and relating to influential Leeds historians and Antiquarians, including…