Alan Bennett and Yorkshire

This week we hear from Dr Kara McKechnie, lecturer in Dramaturgy at the University of Leeds, in advance of her lunchtime talk on 15 May on Alan Bennett and Yorkshire. Alan Bennett’s Yorkshire is not one of beautiful countryside, proud civic architecture and quaint rows of red brick houses. In his memories, it is a…

Jewish Leeds in the Central Library Collections

Librarian Antony Ramm provides a brief overview of books and other collections relating to the history of the Jewish community in Leeds, prior to three events across the next month… The first in our trilogy of events will see the screening on March the 6th of The Last Tribe, a film by Simon Glass, which…

Yorkshire Cricket History: Talk and Resources

In just over one-week the Central Library will host Jeremy Lonsdale, who will deliver a talk covering various aspects of Yorkshire’s rich cricketing heritage through the formative years of the 19th-century: for further details, please see the poster below. In the meantime, Librarian Antony Ramm takes a brief look at Cricket resources available in the…

A Partial History of Leeds Central Library

This last Wednesday, to mark National Libraries Week, four of our Local and Family History team, plus one intrepid volunteer, delivered a talk offering a brief history of Leeds Central Library, primarily derived from material found in several volumes of news-cuttings covering public libraries in Leeds. So, this week on the Secret Library we offer…

How Many Pages in this Book? Take a Guess!

Today on Secret Library Leeds, to mark National Libraries Week and the publication of our new seasonal brochure, we are proud to announce our very first competition! The competition is simple: guess the number of pages in what we believe is our longest single-volume book – a copy of the 1912 Kelly’s Directory of the…

Up, Up & Away, in My Beautiful Balloon

Local History librarian, Antony Ramm, writes about a fascinating little diary held in the collections at the Central Library – and looks ahead to the latest in our Lunchtime Talk series… A recent search through our collections brought to light a most wonderful discovery: a small, handwritten diary for 1848, written by R.B. Harrison of…

Commemorating World War I: Collections, Events & Exhibitions

by Antony Ramm, Local and Family History, Central Library We are now roughly mid-way through the centenary of the First World War and the Leeds Library and Information Service continues to mark that anniversary with a series of regular events – including exhibitions, talks and workshops. Our most recent set of such commemorative offerings¬†were timed…