Local History Quiz #4: Modern Leeds

This week’s local history quiz has been put together by Librarian Antony Ramm and focuses on people, places and events connected to Leeds during the last 50-years or so. In contrast to most of our other quizzes, you probably won’t find many clues elsewhere on this site – but you may well find some with…

A Brief History of Cemeteries in Leeds

This week, Librarian Antony Ramm brings us a very brief history of cemeteries in Leeds, and highlights some related stock held at the Central Library. This article is based on a talk Antony recently gave on the same theme, for the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery. The thrust of that talk was to lay out a…

Traces of Tolkien in Leeds

Please note that Alaric Hall’s talk on J. R. R. Tolkien and the University of Leeds has now been cancelled, “because the University and College Union is on strike this week due to proposed changes in the employment conditions of University of Leeds staff.” You can find details of other forthcoming talks at Leeds Central…

Burial Records – An Introduction

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…

Who Led Leeds? Public Service between the Wars

University of Leeds PhD student Pushpa Kumbhat is working on a new project with the support of Leeds Central Library’s Local and Family History department. She writes… We are creating a collection of short biographies commemorating the lives of public servants – local leaders of Leeds who served on the Council between the First and…

Sweeping Through Time

Two weeks ago, we let you in on some of the secrets of the Henry Collection in Oliver Twist with a Twist. This week it’s over to our two experts on the subject, Jonathan and Natascha, to share a few of their favourite finds. Did you know that Leeds Central Library holds extensive collections on the English…

It’s Oliver Twist… with a Twist

by Rhian Isaac, Collections Manager, Leeds Central Library Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be welcoming two new bloggers to the Secret Library. Natascha and Jonathan are students from the University of Leeds, who joined us on a Faculty of Arts Research Placement a few months ago to experience working with our collections and bringing them to a wider…

A Hidden Victorian Treasure in Headingley

by Nick Tasker, PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Leeds During pleasant afternoons in Leeds Central Library I have been discovering a story of upward social mobility in Victorian Leeds. It’s also the story of my front room. I recently moved into a new place in Headingley. It’s in a large Victorian house…