The Sheepscar Triangle – the Irish community in Leeds

This week, as part of Irish History Month, Librarian Helen Skilbeck looks back at some of the local haunts  of the Irish community in Leeds. Join us for a lunchtime talk on 13th March with Irish Arts that will continue this theme and look at the specific importance of the Sheepscar triangle. Talk details: The…

Cross-dressing in Yorkshire

This week we welcome guest writer Lauren Wells, Post-Graduate Researcher at the University of Leeds, who explores the history and meaning(s) of cross-dressing in Yorkshire… My research examines men who cross-dressed in Yorkshire from the end of the nineteenth century until the eve of the Second World War. When I first conceptualised this project, I…

The Life of Patric Knowles

University of Huddersfield history student and library volunteer Haaris Mahmood looks back over the life of a legendary but lesser-known Hollywood star who began life in Horsforth. The city of Leeds has been home to many advancements in the world of filmmaking; both technically and in talent, being the birth place of a number of…

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

Although our Central Library exhibition looking at the Circus scene in Leeds has now been taken down (and replaced with an equally interesting exhibition highlighting themes from the BBC’s Civilisations series), the wider celebration of the modern Circus in the UK will continue all year. So, to mark the 250th-anniversary of Philip Astley’s leap into…

Tales from Leeds Pantomimes

This week on the Secret Library, local history Librarian, Antony Ramm, brings you three of his favourite stories from Leeds’ rich pantomime tradition. Oh yes he does! In May of 1986, J. Ingle of Otley wrote to the Yorkshire Evening Post to ask how long pantomimes had been taking place in Leeds – and was…

Thrones & Tomes: Exploring the History Behind Game of Thrones

by Josh Flint, Local and Family History, Central Library Leeds Central Library is excited to be presenting the Game of Thrones-inspired Thrones & Tomes event. This fun-filled event will include games, a quiz, authentic 15th century music and talks on medieval subjects including food and nutrition and the dreaded sea-monsters of the middle ages. This…

Ballet Memories at The Grand Theatre

By Karen Downham, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library One of the best things about working in Local and Family History is the wide variety of topics that we can deal with, and not knowing what you will be asked on a day to day basis. It is always rewarding to help people find what they…

“Winter Is Coming”: Game of Thrones and the Leeds Libraries’ Collections

Join us tomorrow for a chance to see, handle, explore and discuss specially-curated items from the Central Library Collections. These books will all relate to the real-life history, culture and mythology behind George R.R. Martin’s immersive fantasy world, as enjoyed by millions of readers and TV viewers. This will be a rare opportunity to see…