The LEODIS Image Archive

An archive of over 60,000 images of Leeds: visit the Leodis website to browse the full collection. This photographic archive brings together collections held by Leeds Libraries as well as collections from West Yorkshire Archive Service, the Thoresby Society, Leeds Civic Trust and Leeds Museums and Galleries.  In addition, many individual donations have been added to the website (please contact the Local and Family History department if you have photographs you wish to share with us).

Bell Street, Leylands, 1901
Bell Street, Leylands 1901

On the website you can take a guided tour, see today’s top 50, the latest additions, send a webcard or share your memories and add a comment.  Each photograph has the facility to add your own comment which will then appear under the enlarged view of the image. A recent additional feature is Leodis Collections, which brings together themed sets of images, by subject – such as Arcades, Parks, Public Houses, Cinemas and Shopping. Each themed set links to maps showing the present day location of the images.

The Leodis site also links through to a sub-section called Discovering Leeds: an in-depth look at aspects of Leeds’ history, including Industrial Leeds, The Headrow and Theatres in the city. Further Theatre information is available through a selection of images from our wonderful collection of Playbills.

The Leodis Collection is used for a wide range of purposes. One particularly interesting project is Leeds Libraries’ involvement with Historypin; click here to read more about how you can get involved by sharing your stories and memories of Leeds.

Finally, you can read an in-depth account of how the Leodis site can into being in a short history elsewhere on the blog

4 Comments Add yours

  1. brian amos says:

    leeds born & breed 1947 to 1965 then australia , can take the boy out of leeds but carnt take leeds out of the boy

  2. Thanks for getting in touch Brian! Glad you’re enjoying our blog and Leodis – do let us know if there’s anything we can help you with.

  3. Janet says:

    Hello just found Secret library Leeds by sheer chance via Secret Leeds site . ! Lots of interesting things to learn about .Already look at the Leodis site which I love looking at. So will be exploring Secret library Leeds now as well. Regards Janet

    1. antonyramm says:

      Hi Janet,

      Great to have you aboard – welcome to the Secret Library Leeds blog! Please get in touch with us via if you’ve got any questions about anything featured on the blog.

      Leeds Central Library

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