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Other General Research Sources

You can find out more about the history of Leeds using the following online sources. 


A searchable online photographic archive of Leeds.


2. The Yorkshire Film Archive

An online catalogue of searchable films including documentaries, newsreels, advertising films, and home movie collections, capturing the rich moving image heritage of Yorkshire and the North West over the past 120 years.


3. West Yorkshire Archive Service

A searchable online catalogue of the documentary heritage of West Yorkshire.


4. Leeds Museums and Galleries


5. Leeds Libraries Research Guides

These guides, developed by Leeds Libraries, offer curated introduction to the most interesting items held at Leeds Central Library. The sources include archival materials, books, photographs and film relating to Leeds.

The guides most relevant to the Leeds Curriculum are:

a. Leeds History Research Guide

b. First World War Research Guide

c. Maps Research Guide

d. Jewish Research Guide

e. Sport Research Guide

f. Theatre Research Guide

g. Women Research Guide

h. Health Research Guide


6. Leeds City Museum Learning Pack

A guide and activities, created by Leeds City Museum, to help students to explore life in Leeds from prehistoric, Roman, Norman, Victorian to more recent history.


7. A brief history of Leeds

An overview of the development of Leeds from prehistory to modern times written by the Thiresby Society: The Historical Society for Leeds.