A Brief History of Leeds #2: The 16th-century

The second in a series of articles exploring the history of Leeds, using books and other stock resources held in the Leeds Libraries collections. For all the entries in this series, see our dedicated page. We ended the last entry in this series by commenting that 15th-century Leeds “clearly had some developing to do,” given…

A Brief History of Leeds #1: The 15th-century

The first in a series of articles exploring the history of Leeds, using books and other stock resources held in the Leeds Libraries collections. For all the entries in this series, see our dedicated page. We start our story some 500-years ago in the 15th-century, at Kirkstall Abbey, established by pioneering Cistercian monks in 1152…

David Atkinson – The making of a Local Historian

With over 7000 images held on the Leodis website, the David Atkinson Archive is a beautifully curated collection of images from the Morley area of Leeds.  Today Clive McManus, local historian, tells us a bit about the man behind the collection. David Keith Atkinson was a Morley man through and through, living and working there…

Early Maps of Leeds: Power and Control

This week Librarian Antony Ramm analyses some early maps of Leeds. This article is based on a recent talk given by Librarians in the Local and Family History department; it draws in part on two previous articles on this site A MAP OF ROTHWELL, OULTON AND LOFTHOUSE, MADE IN THE REIGN OF HENRY VIII (1531)Our…

Step Back Leeds

This week we hear about a project making creative use of the Central Library’s 19th-century Political Cartoons collection… Organised by a group of five second-year Liberal Arts students at University of Leeds, Step Back Leeds is a project that works to explore the 19th Century political story of Leeds through the Leeds Libraries’ collection of…

Traces of ‘Old Leeds’ on Leodis

This week, Librarian Antony Ramm takes us through some of the oldest images on our recently relaunched Leodis photograph archive… This short article will explore the oldest photographs and other images on Leodis; more accurately, in fact, it will offer a brief look at what I’ve called ‘traces of Old Leeds on Leodis’. By this…

Bailiff Bridge Memories

This week we hear from a new local history project based in Bailiff Bridge, near Brighouse… During the pandemic many of us have been reminded of the importance of community and pulling together to get through tough times. Local history project, ‘Landscapes of Loss: Re-valuing Labour, Re-Making Community’, is a collaboration with artist Catherine Bertola…