Wormald’s Yard, Commercial Court and Lower Briggate

On the Secret Library this week, we hear from Library Officer Karen Downham about another project on our Leodis archive of historical Leeds photos… I have recently been indexing for the Leodis website a set of photographs from the area on the eastern side of Briggate, to the south of Boar Lane, which had a…

Windrush Day 2020

On this day in 1948, 802 people arrived at the port of Tilbury onboard the Empire Windrush, a troopship that had docked in Kingston, Jamaica on its way from Australia to England. The arrival of the Windrush in the Caribbean had been preceded by a newspaper advertisement offering relatively cheap transport for those wishing to work in…

A Victorian Catering Ledger

This week, Librarian Helen Skilbeck takes a look at an unusual piece of Leeds’ history: Godfrey Wood’s Victorian Catering Ledger. Unassuming to look at but containing a goldmine of information, Wood’s Catering Ledger details events and banquets he catered for in the Victorian era, covering the period 1840s – 1870s.  As well as detailing the…

Family History Resources: Online Newspaper Databases

As part of a series examining family history resources for beginners, Local and Family History’s Josh Flint takes an in-depth look at one of the most useful resources for your family history research: online newspapers databases. This article will discuss how Leeds Libraries members can use multiple newspaper databases online and then show in detail how to…

Black History at Leeds Central Library

This week on the Secret Library blog we have chosen to highlight past articles exploring the rich legacy of Black communities, locally, nationally and internationally – as seen in the collections at Leeds Central Library. We shall be publishing more articles along these lines over the coming months, because we firmly believe #blacklivesmatter. A permanent…

Record YOUR History: Covid Diaries

Leeds Libraries is partnering with CEG, Leeds City Council, Leeds Libraries, Leeds Museums & Galleries and Child Friendly Leeds on the Covid Diaries project – an attempt to record and capture the daily reality of life in Leeds during lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic more widely. Entries will form a permanent historical record and archive….

Collingham Pageants

This week we hear from Library Officer Karen Downham, who explores a fascinating new addition to our Leodis archive of historic Leeds images… The Local & Family History Library often takes donations of photographs to go onto the Leodis online photographic archive (www.leodis.net), and as often happens when researching the background to images, the trail…

VE Day Resources

Friday 8 May sees the 75th-anniversary of the ending of the Second World War in Europe, known as VE Day. Previously we have told you a little bit about how Leeds celebrated this momentous day on our Leeds Celebrations for VE Day blog so today we wanted to tell you about some free online resources…