Harris Sumrie, Elizabeth Beecroft and Leeds Museum’s Wikithon

This week we welcome guest author Phillippa Plock, who has been working with Leeds Museums and Galleries on their Wikithon, where they write Wikipedia articles on important Leeds Historical Figures as part of their 200th birthday volunteer project. In this article Phillippa will discuss her two most recent articles on Harris Simrie and Elizabeth Beecroft. …

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…

Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes – A Beginner’s Guide

Ancestry is now free for Leeds library members to access from home. To join Leeds Libraries and access Ancestry, as well as all our digital resources and ebooks, please follow this link. If you do not already have a Leeds Libraries card, please visit our catalogue and select register for online resources; we will then…

Leeds United: The Club and its Fans

To commemorate the 100th-anniversary of Leeds United Football Club, our Local and Family History Librarians created four pull-up banners telling the club’s story through books and other resources held at the Central Library. These banners have been on display since October, but are set to be replaced with a new exhibition soon. The Secret Library…

Local History Quiz #1: The Histories of Leeds

This week we’re starting a new series: local history quizzes! First up, Antony Ramm, Librarian-Manager for the Local and Family History department poses 20 questions about Leeds history books over the last 300-years, starting with an old friend…(you can find the answers in a PDF at the bottom of the page) An easy (ish) one to…

The Leeds Folk Festival

This week on the Secret Library we hear from Karen Downham, Library Officer at the Central Library. Although most music events are cancelled at the moment, Karen gives us a fascinating look back to an event that took place in the 1980s – explaining, along the way, how The Rolling Stones’ 1982 European Tour caused…

Top Tips for Family Trees

Leeds Libraries have recently made Ancestry available to all Leeds library card holders, free of charge and accessible from home with a library card and pin number.* To complement this exciting development we will be publishing a series of blogs about starting your own family tree, both by using Ancestry and other genealogical websites. Starting…