#LeedsArchives80: An Introduction

Here’s a sneaky peek of what’s included in this online exhibition.   We’ve blogged, Facebooked, Tweeted and Intagrammed as part of this #LeedsArchives80 project so if you’re not already following us, why not join in? The links are just at the bottom of this page so what are you waiting for?  And while you’re at it, why not join in the conversation, we’d love to hear from you!  We’re covering a sample from all of our major types of collections so we hope that there’ll be something for everyone.


Discover how the deposit of the Temple Newsam family and estate archive in the 1930s helped to form the archive service in Leeds.  From 17th century cups of tea to the cure for the bite of a mad dog, find out more in our first blog post.

Week commencing 15th October 2018


Glimpse into the lives of the Victorian poor and the role of the Leeds Union Workhouse using our Board of Guardians collection which we’ve looked after since the 1940s.

Week commencing 22nd October 2018


Explore the vast collection of wills, marriage bonds, Bishop’s Transcripts and church court proceedings which make up the archive of the Diocese of Leeds deposited from the 1950s onwards.

Week commencing 29th October 2018


Finding records about children in care can be extremely complicated, but collections like the Headingley Orphanage archive, deposited in the 1960s, can help to shed light on ancestors in care.

Week commencing 5th November 2018


The 1970s saw huge changes in local government and thousands of Council archives found their way to the archive.  This week we’re shining the spotlight on our school collections.

Week commencing 12th November 2018


Manorial records can be tricky to find but can be a wonderful source of information to family and local historians.  Some of our best manorial collections were deposited in the ’80s and we’d like to share a few of them with you.

Week commencing 19th November 2018


Beer anyone?  One of our largest business collections, Tetley’s, was deposited in the 1990s.  We’ll have a look at the staff, the shire horses, Leeds Rifles and the creation of beer this week.

Week commencing 26th November 2018


In the decade which saw the first deposit of the wonderful Leeds General Infirmary archive we’ll highlight our hospital collections in Leeds and across the West Yorkshire Archive Service.

Week commencing 3rd December 2018


Finishing off our birthday celebrations we’ll look at some relatively new collections to the archive by putting our theatre collections centre stage.

Week commencing 10th December 2018