Leeds City Council Launches ‘The Leeds Platinum Jubilee Memories Project’ in Honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 70-year Reign

Cherished stories, memories and photos of royal events in Leeds are being brought together as the city prepares to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. People in Leeds are being asked to come forward with their contributions to the new historical record, which will be hosted by Leeds Libraries’ online Leodis Photo Archive…

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New installation and free activities at Leeds Central Library bring to life the fascinating story of the Cottingley Fairies

Cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths took photographs of themselves with what looked like winged dancing fairies at the bottom of their garden in Cottingley. The story of the Cottingley Fairies has intrigued generations ever since the first photographs took the world by surprise in 1920. The fairy photographs captured the public imagination, and…

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Leeds Central Library receives £500k funding boost

New funding from Arts Council England and Leeds City Council will invest more than £500k in making the library better than ever. Leeds City Council’s library service has been successful in securing more than £250,000 of new funding from Arts Council England to transform Leeds Central Library. The Central Library, which first opened its…

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Leeds City Council announces new library opening hours

Libraries across Leeds are now fully open and are offering residents a wide range of support and services, from free digital skills courses to children’s story time sessions and live performances. To mark local libraries coming fully back to life, their opening hours changed on Monday 1 November to better reflect residents returning to…

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Purls of wisdom at Lotherton as knitted miners memorial is unveiled

A newly-knitted tribute to the men, boys and ponies who lost their lives in a Yorkshire mining disaster has been unveiled after being lovingly crafted by their descendants. The tragedy at Peckfield Colliery in Micklefield claimed the lives of 63 people and 19 ponies when, on Thursday April 30, 1896 an underground gas explosion…

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Nominations are now open for Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2021

Nominations are now open for Leeds City Council’s Compassionate City Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 01 December 2021. Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate the positive and compassionate work that individuals, community groups and organisations do every day to make their local communities and wider city a great…

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Museum choir’s uplifting sing song gives Leeds some light entertainment

An inspiring group of singers has brought some much-needed light relief to Leeds with a heart-warming sing along. Members of Leeds City Museum’s community choir worked with the Forget Me Nots Choir, which supports those affected by dementia and their families, on the uplifting virtual collaboration. Their poignant performance of This Little Light has been…

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