HOD 2020: Uncovering Hidden Nature with our Historic Herbals

The last in our trilogy of articles to tie in with the final few days of this year’s Heritage Open Days festival: Collections Manager Rhian Isaac shares some of our herbals that have been teaching people about plants and nature for hundreds of years… This year’s Heritage Open Days (September 11-20) has looked a little…

West Leeds Girls’ High School Jubilee Magazine

This week’s Secret Library Heritage Blog article has been written by Local and Family History’s Josh Flint and will be the first in a new series. This new series will be on treasures from the Local and Family History collection about Armley. This first Armley treasure is the 50th Jubilee of the West Leeds Girls;…

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…

Much More Than Books: Explorations in our Special Collections

This week, Philip Wilde explores some of the more unusual items held in our vast Collections. You can see a full display of the stock mentioned here outside the Information and Research department of the Central Library.  The Special Collections here at Leeds Central Library comprises of some 17,000 items. The vast majority, of course,…

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Moon Landing Reminiscence Session

This week Local and Family History’s Josh Flint will discuss the Moon Landing Reminiscence event held at Horsforth Library to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon Landing. This event was designed for people who could remember the Moon Landing in 1969 to share their stories with children. To inspire inter-generational discussion with the guests…

Mining Genealogy Gold – A Hidden Gem in Leeds Central Library

This week we welcome guest author and family historian Jane Roberts, who explores how the Leeds Central Library Collection has shed new light on her own family history and the working conditions of children in mines and collieries.  As a family historian, I’m always on the look-out for sources which flesh out the lives of…