A Hidden Victorian Treasure in Headingley

by Nick Tasker, PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Leeds During pleasant afternoons in Leeds Central Library I have been discovering a story of upward social mobility in Victorian Leeds. It’s also the story of my front room. I recently moved into a new place in Headingley. It’s in a large Victorian house…

People of Leeds #8: Annie Tunnington

The eighth in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, we tell the story of Annie Tunnington, the ‘Poppy Lady of Leeds’. You can view all entries in this People of Leeds series elsewhere on the blog.  Annie Tunnington of Roundhay began selling poppies in response to the…

The Leeds Women Against the Clause March

Leeds Women Against the Clause March (5 March 1988) Victoria Gardens Over two thousand Leeds people marched against Clause 28 (Section 28) during the Stop the Clause Demonstration on the 5th of March, 1988. The March was organised by Leeds Women against the Clause and met in Victoria Gardens before marching through the city. The…

Power and Protest Heritage Trail

To discover more about any of the stops on this trail, click on the title to be redirected to a longer article elsewhere on this blog. A digital copy of the trail map is also available. Some content is still forthcoming – check back soon.  Red = a place of power Black = a place…

A Partial History of Leeds Central Library

This last Wednesday, to mark National Libraries Week, four of our Local and Family History team, plus one intrepid volunteer, delivered a talk offering a brief history of Leeds Central Library, primarily derived from material found in several volumes of news-cuttings covering public libraries in Leeds. So, this week on the Secret Library we offer…

Library Fest 2018 is here!

Our annual programme of Library events is almost upon us – and, as usual, there’s something for everyone. You can browse our very attractive festival brochure (designed by our talented Librarians!) – or read on to discover more about our exciting set of heritage-themed events… (Contact details and opening times for all events and locations…

A History of the Leeds City War Memorial

As Remembrance Day draws near, librarian Helen Skilbeck looks back at the history of the war memorial in Victoria Gardens, close to Leeds Central Library. Until the 1930s, there were buildings occupying the now paved area that now runs the whole length of the Library, City Art Gallery and Henry Moore Institute. These included the Leeds…