Peterloo and After: 19th-century Radicalism in Leeds

Librarians in the Local and Family History department of the Central Library recently curated a small display of books and other stock showcasing the rich tradition of radical politics in 19th-century Leeds. That display has now come to an end, but we reproduce below the exhibition’s descriptive text cards, along with some sample images of…

Exhibition: 19th-century Leeds Radicalism

From today, a new exhibition can be seen in the Local and Family History department, on the 2nd floor of the Central Library – exploring the rich radical tradition of 19th-century Leeds, using books and other materials from the Central Library collections. The exhibition will run until the end of July.  Broadly split into two…

People of Leeds #1: Sam, the Newsman

The first in an occasional series looking at forgotten contributors to the history of Leeds. This week, Librarian Antony Ramm tells the story of 19th-century newsagent Samuel Schofield, better known to contemporaries as ‘Sam, the Newsman’… There was once a time – not so very long ago – when visitors to the centre of Leeds…

Voices from the Past, Part II: 19th-century Working-class Autobiographies

Librarian Antony Ramm searches for the authentic voice of the Leeds people in the 19th-century. Many of these Voices from the Past are from workers in the textile mills of Leeds and West Yorkshire: see a recent blog by Emily Owen to read how 20th-century textile workers can contribute their memories to contemporary research.  A…

The Victorian Professions

Antony Ramm, part of the Librarian team in the Local and Family History department reports on a fascinating talk recently given at the Central Library. Over 50 people attended the latest in our Lunchtime Talk series, when we welcomed Professor Laurence Brockliss of the University of Oxford, who introduced our audience to a major research…

Illuminating the Rich History of “Light Night” in Leeds

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library No doubt most readers of our blog will be spending this evening enjoying one of the many wonderful art events happening around the city centre as part of the annual Light Night celebrations. And most readers will probably already be aware of how those celebrations started –…