The Leeds Platinum Jubilee Memories Project

Do you have a memory or photo of the Queen in Leeds you would like to share? To celebrate her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are creating an archive of your memories and photos of the Queen in Leeds. You can share anything related to the Queen, from anecdotes about past royal visits to…

Help us map the lost buildings of Leeds

Welcome to Local Community History Month – this month all our blog posts will be focused on the local communities that make up Leeds. Help wanted! Leeds Libraries have recently been experimenting with a fascinating online tool provided by Google: My Maps…and we need your support. We first came across this site while working with…

A Day of Marches & Demonstrations

Librarian Louise Birch uses photographs from the Leodis archive to remember events that took place 50 years ago today. 5th February 1972 was a day of marches and demonstrations in the city of Leeds.  Using images from the Leodis website we will take a look at the marches and their causes. Over 500 people took…

Christmas Parties

Is it even Christmas if there isn’t a party happening somewhere? For day 18 of our Heritage Advent Calendar, we are visiting our Photographic archive Leodis.net to look at some of the heritage images we have of Christmas parties from years past. 4th December 1984. A group of ladies in party hats enjoying mince pies…

The Infant Prodigy Master Herbert – It’s Panto Season

By Becky Bavill, Library and Digital Assistant For Day 19 we’ve got more Pantomimes for you with another entry from our Playbills collection which can be viewed on the Leodis.net website. At Christmas, many families enjoy seeing a show.  On Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd December 1830 they could have gone to the Concert Room…

Lewis’s Picture Perfect Windows

For Day 12 of our Advent Calendar, Senior Librarian Louise Birch looks at the closest thing Leeds had to the store from the movie Miracle on 34th Street. Lewis’s department store opened in 1932 on the widened Headrow.  Every Christmas Lewis’s provided beautiful Christmas displays, becoming citywide legendary in the 1970s and 80s. This displays…

Family Allowance Toy Fair

by Louise Birch Day 7 of our Advent Calendar is all about Christmas Shopping. there is a commercial side to Christmas that many dislike, for some this is due to the affordability of gifts. Today’s entry recalls a toy fair that addressed this. These images show the annual Wykebeck ‘Family allowance Toy Fair’.  Local residents…

A Gledhow Military Hospital Christmas

Day 4 of our Advent Calendar brings us to the Christmas Celebrations at Gledhow Military Hospital. During the First World War, Gledhow Hall was offered for use as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) hospital and run by the British Red Cross. This first image from 1917 shows one of the small huts in the grounds…