1970 Clothing Strike: New Resource

We were delighted to welcome University of Leeds student, Jessica Heath, to the Central Library in March of this year. Jessica led a workshop exploring the causes and effects of the 1970 Clothing Strike across Leeds, which was largely led by women workers. The legacy of that workshop, as Librarian Antony Ramm explains, was the…

William Boyne and the Voices of History

Librarian Antony Ramm takes a look at the deep history behind the creation of a celebrated Leeds antiquarian “masterpiece”. This article has been written to accompany the publication of a new Research Guide at the Central Library, exploring our Leeds Antiquarian Collection… William Boyne was born in Leeds around 1814, to Thomas Boyne, a successful local…

The Vote Before the Vote

This week, local author Chris Nickson tells us more about a timely new exhibition to be seen in Room 700 of the Central Library… Let me offer you a few Leeds names: Catherine Buckton, Louisa Garbutt, Isabella Ford, Alice Cliff Scatcherd, Mary Gawthorpe, Mary Smith. Do they mean anything? To most people, they don’t. But…

Booze n’ Footy: On Northern Identity and Masculinity

On Tuesday evening the Central Library welcomed a small panel of experts for an hour-long discussion. @grimupnorth2017’s @123McTom and @mjohnreeve discussing how history can inform identity at the #TheseNorthernTypes roundtable event. pic.twitter.com/Amc2ZPMvRc — Rhiannon Pickin (@RhiannonPickin) April 17, 2018 Designed to spark thinking and discussion around the theme of ‘Northern identity,’ coinciding with the current…

The Luddites of Liversedge

This week we hear from guest author Mike Harwood, who tells the fascinating story of Luddite activities in Liversedge, part-way between Leeds and Huddersfield – a story that “should be of interest to anyone interested in West Yorkshire – especially its industrial history”… ‘”You’re a Luddite, Mr Brook,” said the headmaster.’[1] And The Chambers Dictionary[2] has…

“Angry Women Who Shook a City”: The 1970 Leeds Clothing Strike

Today we hear form student Jessica Heath, who will be leading a workshop this coming Saturday, on a undeservedly little-known event in modern Leeds history…. The workshop will be taking an in-depth look into the 1970 Leeds Clothing Strike; it’s impact, magnitude and its repercussions on the lives of those involved. I began researching the…

Do You Remember Hunslet Grange Housing Estate?

This week we hear from Louise Dwyer and Gill Crawshaw, MA students at the Leeds Arts University. Louise and Gill are researching the history and legacy of the Hunslet Grange estate (aka Leek Street flats) and are searching for former residents with memories of that housing. Read on to find out more and details of…

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

As we welcome in the Year of the Dog, librarian Ross Horsley looks back over some of the ways Leeds Libraries has worked with the city’s Chinese community over the past twelve months, exploring local history in what was the Year of the Rooster.  The Leeds Is My Home project is a collaboration between Leeds…