Treasures of the Archives

It’s easy to walk past some of our most incredible treasures and simply not be aware of the legacy they have left behind, West Yorkshire Archive Service aims to change all that!

For five weeks starting from Monday 14th November we are highlighting one of five treasures from each of our district offices [Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds & Wakefield] as voted for by staff there.

These often little known gems are some of the most fascinating records and collections that we hold, for example, in Leeds we hold the A.W Hainsworth Collection, a superb example of a local company’s products coming to the attention of stars like Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart!

In Wakefield we have a 19th Century convicts register which reveals the crimes and punishments of the ordinary and the not so ordinary person!

From crime and punishment to travellers notebooks, remarkable prisoner of war correspondence, inspirational architect’s plans, Oriental Arts and everyday diarists, our treasures are your treasures and we invite you to vote for your favourite from each district!

 You can vote online at where you will find a page for each office along with their 5 nominations. Simply click on the nomination to find out more about the exciting treasure and follow the instructions to vote as many times as you like!

 Voting forms can also be found in each of our district offices, simply ask staff for a pen and get voting!


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