The ‘Vivacious’ Audrey Mann

When looking through our collection of playbills, it’s easy to let them all blur into one. Girls! Strip shows! Dancing! But what was it like to be one of those girls, and were they all doing the same thing? Librarian Zoe Scott Fitzgibbon chatted with Audrey Mann to find out more. Audrey Mann, born in…

People of Leeds #15: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

This week, we hear from the Central Library’s Helen Skilbeck, who talks us through a fascinating and very-valuable Playbill. This article is #15 in our People of Leeds series – short biographies of lesser-known contributors to Leeds’ past.  Leeds Libraries collection of playbills can be viewed online but one that has not yet been digitised is…

I am the merry-go-round horse dragging up the earth beneath me. Part 1

This week on the Secret Library we hear from Dr Charlotte Cullen. Charlotte, who is an artist, researcher, serf member and lecturer in Fine Art at York St John University, has been working with the Leeds Central Library Collections during lockdown with a focus on Armley to create newly inspired artwork. This project has been…

Local History Quiz #9: Leeds Blue Plaques

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaques of Leeds and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site or on our photographic archive Leodis, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What…

The Theatrical Life of Tate Wilkinson

On the Secret Library this week we have a article from guest writer Dominique Trigg, the creator of Some Sources Say, who has written about the fascinating  life of Tate Wilkinson, an Eighteenth Century pioneer of Leeds Theatre. If you would like to read more excellent articles from Dominique then you should visit Some Sources…

Local History Quiz #5: Yorkshire Battles

This week we’re continuing with the new series: local history quizzes! Josh Flint has posed 20 questions about Yorkshire Battles. A quick clue – remember to use the Yorkshire Battles Research Guide and Secret Library Heritage Blogs on Yorkshire Battles to answer these questions (you can find the answers in a PDF at the bottom…

Local History Quiz #2: Historical Photographs of Leeds

This week we’re continuing with the new series: local history quizzes! Josh Flint has used the fantastic Leodis Photographic website to pose 20 questions about different areas of Leeds. A quick clue – remember to use the Leodis website to answer these questions (you can find the answers in a PDF at the bottom of…

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Moon Landing Reminiscence Session

This week Local and Family History’s Josh Flint will discuss the Moon Landing Reminiscence event held at Horsforth Library to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon Landing. This event was designed for people who could remember the Moon Landing in 1969 to share their stories with children. To inspire inter-generational discussion with the guests…