Crime and Punishment in Leeds, 1850

Volunteers’ Week takes place every year from 1-7 June. Leeds Libraries held a celebratory reception yesterday, recognizing the efforts of our volunteering team – including event supporters, At-Home Service deliverers, partners and, of course, heritage volunteers – several of whom have written for this very blog. Today, we hand over to another of these, Joan Ellis,…

A History of Jewish Theatre in Leeds

by Ross Horsley, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library. Milim 2017, the second Festival of Jewish Words for All in Leeds, is currently in full swing, and the diverse programme of events has so far included a Jewish History in Leeds workshop at Central Library last Tuesday. Among the many materials we shared with our…

Ballet Memories at The Grand Theatre

By Karen Downham, Local and Family History, Leeds Central Library One of the best things about working in Local and Family History is the wide variety of topics that we can deal with, and not knowing what you will be asked on a day to day basis. It is always rewarding to help people find what they…

New Research Guide: Game of Thrones

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library Following on from our recent stock pop-up based on the Game of Thrones series and some of the real-world history that inspired its author, George R.R. Martin, we present the latest in our Research and Collection Guides series. Entitled ‘Tomes of Thrones’, this guide lists many of…

November 11: Remembrance Day

Read all our previous posts on Central Library books and other materials relating to the First World War, or browse our research guide for a more detailed look at how our collections can help you find out more about the conflict and trace your War ancestors. A collections guide to contemporary responses to the 1914-1918 period is…

D-Day Remembered

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings by the Allied invasion as part of World War II Operation Overload. Approximately 156,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches suffering casualties in excess of 12,000 personnel. The Leeds Central Library Information & Research department holds a large number of items detailing the invasion, and the…

Gott Chelsea Fever?

With the excitement of Chelsea Flower Show this week we thought it timely to give you a glimpse of the fabulous Gott collection housed in the Special Collections at Leeds Central Library. The Gott bequest is a collection of 600 early English gardening books and periodicals including works published in the 16th, 17th and 18th…