The Story of Leodis – photographic archive of Leeds

Today’s post comes from Senior Librarian Manager Louise Birch who will take us back in time to explore the origins of the Leodis website, and what it was like to be an indexer of images. The year is 1999, Tony Blair is Prime Minister, Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ exhibits at the Tate, about 12 million…

A Pirate’s Life for Her!

Fidget Theatre’s new show Pirate Bonnie launches next week for the half term holidays so we caught up with them to find out more about their brand new production and the inspiration behind it. Can you introduce yourselves and Fidget Theatre? Hello! We’re Fidget Theatre –  theatre makers Ruth Cooper and Andrea Heaton. We’re based…

Leeds in Your Lunch Hour

For fans of the ‘Leeds in Your Lunch Hour’ series you’ll be glad to hear that Leeds Civic Trust have brought them back for 2021 as a series of online talks hosted jointly with Leeds Minster. February’s series is delivered by Dr Kevin Grady, Leeds Historian and former director the Leeds Civic Trust, and what…

Exploring Leeds Central Library – The Basement

Over the next few weeks we’re going to take you around Leeds Central Library, down into the deep dark depths of the basement and up to the lofty glazed ceilings of the top floor.  Because when you have your very own 137 year old building it would be a shame not to explore it to…

Local History Quiz #5: Yorkshire Battles

This week we’re continuing with the new series: local history quizzes! Josh Flint has posed 20 questions about Yorkshire Battles. A quick clue – remember to use the Yorkshire Battles Research Guide and Secret Library Heritage Blogs on Yorkshire Battles to answer these questions (you can find the answers in a PDF at the bottom…

New Armley Research Guide

This week Josh Flint will discuss the new Local and Family History Research Guide on Armley. This Research Guide will be of great use to anyone with an interest in the history of Armley and how that history is represented in the Leeds Central Library Collection. This article will examine interesting images highlighted in this…

Local History Quiz #2: Historical Photographs of Leeds

This week we’re continuing with the new series: local history quizzes! Josh Flint has used the fantastic Leodis Photographic website to pose 20 questions about different areas of Leeds. A quick clue – remember to use the Leodis website to answer these questions (you can find the answers in a PDF at the bottom of…

The Leeds Club

The Leeds Club (est. 1852) Albion Place Founded in 1849, moved into premises on Albion Place in 1852. Said to have been the equal of “any clubhouse out of London,” the Club ensured exclusivity with a very high annual subscription fee: approximately £6 a year, while the Leeds Radical Universal Suffrage Association, a working-class Chartist…