A Brief History of Cemeteries in Leeds

This week, Librarian Antony Ramm brings us a very brief history of cemeteries in Leeds, and highlights some related stock held at the Central Library. This article is based on a talk Antony recently gave on the same theme, for the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery. The thrust of that talk was to lay out a…

Tales from Circus 250: A Topography of the Circus in Leeds, Part IV

Part IV of a short series of stories from the glory days of the Circus in Leeds and the surrounding area. All the stories can be found in the History of Leeds Circus tab at the top of this page, continuing with today’s fourth and final topographical look at the various Circus sites in and around Leeds……

Peterloo and After: 19th-century Radicalism in Leeds

Librarians in the Local and Family History department of the Central Library recently curated a small display of books and other stock showcasing the rich tradition of radical politics in 19th-century Leeds. That display has now come to an end, but we reproduce below the exhibition’s descriptive text cards, along with some sample images of…

Exhibition – Leeds West Indian Carnival: The Early Years

Visit the Local and Family History department of Leeds Central Library to explore the early history of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, Europe’s longest-running West Indian Carnival, from its birth in 1967 to its development throughout the 1970s, in an exciting new exhibition. On display are items and books from the Central Library and private collections. This exhibition supports an August talk on…

People of Leeds #4: Olga Denver

The fourth in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, we tell the story of Olga Denver, circus-performer and friend to Hollywood stars. You can read more about the history of the circus in Leeds elsewhere on the blog, or view all entries in this People of Leeds series. …

Hungarian Refugees in Leeds

This week we welcome history student Haaris Mahmood, a previous guest contributor, with a brief history of Hungarian refugees in Leeds during the events of 1956. This article makes extensive use of the Central Library local newspaper archive, which can be found in our Local and Family History department. Specific articles used by Haaris in…

Fake News 21st July 1924

Fake News is a new project, by Tim Knight, which uses Local and Family History’s newspaper archive to publish a fictional front page every month. Curated from cuttings of The Yorkshire Post and The Yorkshire Evening Post—Leeds’ oldest continuous newspaper—Fake News will explore the goings-on, mishaps and miscellany of Yorkshire through the ages. Today’s edition, hot…