Explore Your Archive: the Leeds College of Building

Next week sees the return of a familiar landmark in the heritage sector calendar: the Explore Your Archive week of events, which is designed to “increase public awareness of the essential role of archives in our society, celebrate our network of collections and emphasise the skills and professionalism of the sector.” As part of that…

The Magic of Harry Potter is coming to Leeds Central Library

Collections Manager, Rhian Isaac, talks about the upcoming Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition and programme of events in anticipation of the launch in December. It is 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published and we are extremely excited to be bringing the traditions of folklore and magic at the…

Traces of Tolkien in Leeds

Please note that Alaric Hall’s talk on J. R. R. Tolkien and the University of Leeds has now been cancelled, “because the University and College Union is on strike this week due to proposed changes in the employment conditions of University of Leeds staff.” You can find details of other forthcoming talks at Leeds Central…

Black History Month: Talk on Chapeltown in the 1980s

As part of the Library Service’s programme of Black History Month events, we are delighted to announce that Tom Woolmore will be speaking at the Central Library on Wednesday October 4, 6-7pm, on “black responses to racism and government policy in Chapeltown during the 1980s.” You can book tickets for what promises to be a…

Walking tours of the back-to-back houses, Harehills

University of York PhD researcher Joanne Harrison has continued her collaboration with Leeds Central Library’s Local and Family History department and the Compton Centre Community Hub, hosting a couple of events as part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend. She reports here on the tours and exhibition, how to get involved in the latest…

Exploring Leeds: Heritage Open Days 2017

As always, we have a wide-range of fascinating events lined-up for this season’s programme of Heritage Open Days. Further details of each can be found below, along with booking information. Tours HERITAGE TOURS OF LEEDS CENTRAL LIBRARY Thursday 7 September, 2.00pm, Friday 8 September, 2.00pm, Saturday 9 September, 11.00am. Join us for an entertaining trip behind the…

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…

Reading Around the Histories of Leeds

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library “In a nutshell, historiography is the history of history” – and because everything has a history (both objectively and subjectively), everything also has a history of those histories: that is, a historiography. Leeds is no different. In fact, in some ways, Leeds is more blessed than many other…