Paintings of Burley

This week on the Secret Library we hear from guest author Jonathan Hooper. Jonathan is an incredible painter, who is here to share some of his paintings of Burley and the inspirations behind them. You can see more of Jonathan’s artwork and process on his website. I am a painter – my subject is the…

West Leeds Boys High School

As part of our ongoing Armley Treasures series, librarian Helen Skilbeck looks at the early history of the West Leeds Boys High School. This is a companion piece to the West Leeds Girls High School blog post of August 2020 by Josh Flint. The school opened in September 1907 and was ‘planned not as a…

The Chapeltown Uprising of 1981 – commemorating and investigating.

This week sees the 40th anniversary of the uprising in Chapeltown, where the weekend of 11/12th of July saw social unrest around Roundhay Road and Chapeltown Road. This coincided with other protests that year in Brixton, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham as well as smaller uprisings in Bradford, Halifax and Hull. Leeds Libraries, West Yorkshire Archives,…

LGBT+ Leeds Curated Gallery

The Leodis website was relaunched in March 2021 and we are pleased to announce that the LGBT+ Leeds curated gallery is now back on the site. This was created in 2020 by West Yorkshire Queer Stories as a guide to LGBT+ history in Leeds. Featuring a variety of people, places and protests, the curated gallery…

A Brief History of Leeds #2: The 16th-century

The second in a series of articles exploring the history of Leeds, using books and other stock resources held in the Leeds Libraries collections. For all the entries in this series, see our dedicated page. We ended the last entry in this series by commenting that 15th-century Leeds “clearly had some developing to do,” given…

People of Leeds #12: Frances Rushworth

In the first of three special articles to mark our Unfinished Business exhibition focusing on Women in our collections, Antony Ramm looks at a short-but-fascinating story from Leeds’ electoral history. This article is #12 in our People of Leeds series – mini biographies of lesser-known contributors to Leeds’ rich heritage.  The major landmarks and most important individuals…

West Leeds Girls’ High School Jubilee Magazine

This week’s Secret Library Heritage Blog article has been written by Local and Family History’s Josh Flint and will be the first in a new series. This new series will be on treasures from the Local and Family History collection about Armley. This first Armley treasure is the 50th Jubilee of the West Leeds Girls;…

Local History Quiz #9: Leeds Blue Plaques

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaques of Leeds and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site or on our photographic archive Leodis, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page… Q1. What…