The Magic of Books from the Golden Age of Illustration

This week we hear from illustrator Teresa Flavin on some magically-illustrated books from her childhood… When I was about nine years old, my family visited a used bookshop where I discovered a fairy story with graceful line illustrations. The book was cheap enough to buy with my pocket money and though it was somewhat battered…

Leeds Baby Week and US. Patent 3,216,423

This week, Librarian Louise Birch takes a look at an intriguing patent for Leeds Baby Week:  an “Apparatus Facilitating the Birth of A Child By Centrifugal Force”. Leeds Central Library is home to a Business and Intellectual Property Centre, part of a network of regional centres here to help out all you inventors, designers and…

November 11, 1918: A Brief History of Leeds on Armistice Day

Librarian Antony Ramm takes a  look at Leeds on the day the First World War ended… When the Lord Major Joseph Henry announced to the people of Leeds that “the armistice has been signed and that fighting has been stopped from 11 o’clock this morning,” he sparked celebratory scenes which commenced almost immediately. Crowds began…

The Hallowe’en Special

This week Librarian Sally Hughes talks ghost-busting and all things spooky… With Hallowe’en upon us it’s the perfect time to point you in the direction of our most ghoulish collections here at Central Library. The first place to be is right here at our The Supernatural  research guide. You can find all these books on our online…

Yorkshire Cricket History: Talk and Resources

In just over one-week the Central Library will host Jeremy Lonsdale, who will deliver a talk covering various aspects of Yorkshire’s rich cricketing heritage through the formative years of the 19th-century: for further details, please see the poster below. In the meantime, Librarian Antony Ramm takes a brief look at Cricket resources available in the…

How Many Pages in this Book? Take a Guess!

Today on Secret Library Leeds, to mark National Libraries Week and the publication of our new seasonal brochure, we are proud to announce our very first competition! The competition is simple: guess the number of pages in what we believe is our longest single-volume book – a copy of the 1912 Kelly’s Directory of the…

A Library at War: Leeds Central Library during WW2

Ahead of next week’s Lunchtime Talk, which will see our team of Librarians from the Local and Family History department offering a brief history of Leeds Central Library, we hear from regular guest author Mike Harwood, who tells the story of this building during the tumult of World War 2… ‘Tuesday, 31 October 1939: “Felt energetic…

The History of Book Illustration

This week Central Collections Manager, Rhian Isaac discusses The History of Book Illustration through our collections here in Central Library. Children’s illustrator, Nick Sharratt, is bringing his exhibition Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants to Central Library this week and we thought it would be a great opportunity to display some of the amazing examples of book illustration we…