Local History Quiz #7: Leeds Central Library

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the history of our magnificent, Grade-II listed Central Library building and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What year did…

Wormald’s Yard, Commercial Court and Lower Briggate

On the Secret Library this week, we hear from Library Officer Karen Downham about another project on our Leodis archive of historical Leeds photos… I have recently been indexing for the Leodis website a set of photographs from the area on the eastern side of Briggate, to the south of Boar Lane, which had a…

Maps for Family History

As part of a series examining family history resources for beginners, librarian Antony Ramm explores the local map collection at Leeds Central Library and online, showing in brief how they can be used to aid genealogical research… As well as being seriously fascinating in their own right, maps are one of the most important of what we might…

The Mysterious Ms. Morgan

This week we hear from Ross Horsley, who introduces us to a curiously little-known crime novelist of the 1940s, whose best-known book has a Yorkshire connection… Back in the 1940s, at an isolated Yorkshire mansion, a murder took place that might have gone undiscovered were it not for the interventions of Dylis Hughes, a travelling…

Local History Quiz #6: People of Leeds

This week’s local history quiz focuses on famous (and not so famous) people connected to Leeds and its past over the last 400-years or so. As always, you can find most (but not all!) of the answers on the blog, with some searching. The full-set of answers can be be found at the bottom of…

Windrush Day 2020

On this day in 1948, 802 people arrived at the port of Tilbury onboard the Empire Windrush, a troopship that had docked in Kingston, Jamaica on its way from Australia to England. The arrival of the Windrush in the Caribbean had been preceded by a newspaper advertisement offering relatively cheap transport for those wishing to work in…

A Victorian Catering Ledger

This week, Librarian Helen Skilbeck takes a look at an unusual piece of Leeds’ history: Godfrey Wood’s Victorian Catering Ledger. Unassuming to look at but containing a goldmine of information, Wood’s Catering Ledger details events and banquets he catered for in the Victorian era, covering the period 1840s – 1870s.  As well as detailing the…

Family History Resources: Online Newspaper Databases

As part of a series examining family history resources for beginners, Local and Family History’s Josh Flint takes an in-depth look at one of the most useful resources for your family history research: online newspapers databases. This article will discuss how Leeds Libraries members can use multiple newspaper databases online and then show in detail how to…