Do your family members roll their eyes?

This week we hear from Library & Digital Assistant Becky Bavill about a new club for all you frustrated local historians out there… Do your family members roll their eyes and leave the room when you say things like ‘Did you know Leeds wasn’t a city until 1893?’ Do friends cross the street as you…

Breaking the News: Central Library Exhibition

Monday February 28 – Thursday April 7 2022 The news has shaped the world we live in for centuries. Today we carry it everywhere we go. This major new exhibition at Leeds Central Library, in partnership with the British Library, examines the vital role it plays in all our lives. Breaking the News will showcase some…

Libraries Week 2021

National Libraries Week 2021 runs 4-10 October 2021 and Leeds Libraries are putting on a host of events – both online and in person – to celebrate our buildings and collections. We are, once again, running our Speed Date a Library Treasure event but this time we’re moving online. You’ll still see a selection of…

Gruel and Graft: Researching Leeds Union Workhouse

This week’s blog comes from guest author Emily Coulthard who is a Collections Access Assistant at the Thackray Museum of Medicine. Since joining The Workhouse Network, a subject specialist network which aims to promote understanding of the history and contemporary relevance of welfare, the Thackray Museum of Medicine has been discovering more and more about…

Edible Leeds – Heritage Open Days 2021

This week Senior Librarian, Louise Birch, takes us through some exciting new developments concerning this years Heritage Open Days Festival. As the summer recedes and changing leaves signify autumns approach it can mean only one thing, September is upon us and with it the annual Heritage Open Days Festival.  Established in 1994 the festival has…

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…

Novels That Shaped Our World

To tie in with the BBC 100 Novels That Shaped Our World list we have organised a series of events and workshops to inspire people to read some of the amazing books that feature on the list. We have also released images from our special collections that relate to four of the BBC Novels themes:…

Rediscovering the Lost Streets of Victorian Burmantofts and Sheepscar

Funded by a Jane Moody Scholarship, University of York PhD researcher Joanne Harrison is collaborating with Leeds Central Library’s Local and Family History department and Leeds Museums and Galleries to deliver five online workshops. She reports here on this exciting project that will bring an improved experience to users of the Leodis archive, and a…