Research & Collection Guides

Our research and collection guides provide a curated introduction to the most interesting items held at Leeds Central Library. You’ll find links to many of these guides embedded in related blog articles, but this page is a convenient way to browse the full set. COLLECTIONS Treasures of the Leeds Central Library The Alf Mattison Collection (Leeds…

The GRIMSHAW Collection

by Philip Wilde, Information and Research, Central Library Arthur Edmund Grimshaw was a Leeds born artist and musician. He was the son of the great Leeds artist John Atkinson Grimshaw. Although Arthur also painted he was better known as a composer. The Central Library holds an original manuscript performance set of his ‘two old English melodies’, together…

#explorearchives: A Tale of One Manuscript and Two Lords Irwin

by Gilly Margrave, Music and Performing Arts, Leeds Central Library One of the rarest items in the archive of our Music and Performing Arts Library has to be the manuscript of a Cantate di Camera à Voce Sola written by Giuseppe Montuoli of Lucca and dedicated to “Signor Milord Eduardo Irwin and dated 1706. This refers to…