Harry Croft Scrapbook

This week on the Secret Library, we hear from Library Officer Karen Downham, on a fascinating piece of Leeds social history – with an intriguing connection to a Second World War hero… For the last couple of months I have been tackling a project on the Scrapbook of Harry Croft, Secretary of Leeds St Mark’s…

Family History Resources: Historical Trade Directories

This week on the Secret Library we hear from Local and Family History’s Josh Flint, who will be exploring the excellent family history resource, historical trade directories. This article will help family history researchers understand what trade directories are, how they can be useful for family history research and finally where to find them. This…

Charles Ward VC: A Leeds Hero

This week on the Secret Library we are delighted to hear from Mick Ward, who gives us the fascinating and poignant story of his grandfather, Charles Ward: his military life in The Boer War, and First World War and the impact of those conflicts on him personally. Last month was the 120th Anniversary of my…

Local History Quiz #7: Leeds Central Library

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the history of our magnificent, Grade-II listed Central Library building and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What year did…

Wormald’s Yard, Commercial Court and Lower Briggate

On the Secret Library this week, we hear from Library Officer Karen Downham about another project on our Leodis archive of historical Leeds photos… I have recently been indexing for the Leodis website a set of photographs from the area on the eastern side of Briggate, to the south of Boar Lane, which had a…

Maps for Family History

As part of a series examining family history resources for beginners, Librarian Antony Ramm explores the local map collection at Leeds Central Library and online, briefly showing how they can be used to support genealogical research… As well as being seriously fascinating in their own right, maps are one of the most important of what we…

The Mysterious Ms. Morgan

This week we hear from Ross Horsley, who introduces us to a curiously little-known crime novelist of the 1940s, whose best-known book has a Yorkshire connection… Back in the 1940s, at an isolated Yorkshire mansion, a murder took place that might have gone undiscovered were it not for the interventions of Dylis Hughes, a travelling…

Local History Quiz #6: People of Leeds

This week’s local history quiz focuses on famous (and not so famous) people connected to Leeds and its past over the last 400-years or so. As always, you can find most (but not all!) of the answers on the blog, with some searching. The full-set of answers can be be found at the bottom of…