Jobs for the Girls – can you help?

This week on the Secret Library we hear from author Ysenda Maxtone Graham, who is looking for contributors to her next book… I’m an author and journalist called Ysenda Maxtone Graham. The book I’m writing at the moment is going to be called Jobs for the Girls, all about what happened to women in the years…

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…

Paintings of Burley

This week on the Secret Library we hear from guest author Jonathan Hooper. Jonathan is an incredible painter, who is here to share some of his paintings of Burley and the inspirations behind them. You can see more of Jonathan’s artwork and process on his website. I am a painter – my subject is the…

The Black Freedom Struggle in Nineteenth-Century Leeds

On the Secret Library this week we hear from guest author Dr Hannah-Rose Murray from the University of Edinburgh. Hannah-Rose will be discussing her new book entitled African American Narratives and Speeches which will published in 2022. During the nineteenth-century, African American freedom fighters and survivors of U.S. chattel slavery made radical and politicized journeys across…

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…