Treasures of Leeds

displayed in our virtual exhibition space

Treasures from the archives of various libraries in Leeds are presented, for the first time, in one place.

Discover a sample of special records that are catalogued and preserved by our city’s archivists.

See if you can correctly guess the connection to Leeds that each exhibit has!

China Drink

China Drink

What has a 17th century shopping receipt from Leeds got to do with Britain’s best-loved-brew?

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The ‘Holy Grail’ of Book Collecting

The ‘Holy Grail’ of Book Collecting

What connects a former Lord Mayor of Leeds with the “holy grail of book collecting?

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Unsung Hero

Unsung Hero

Which businessman from Leeds campaigned to abolish slavery?

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Everybody’s Favourite

Everybody’s Favourite

In which era were Leeds audiences entertained by Frederic MacCabe?

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Henry Moore’s notebook

Henry Moore’s notebook

What is the link between Henry Moore and the city of Leeds?

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The Wife’s Handbook

The Wife’s Handbook

What birth control advice did a controversial Leeds physician offer married women?

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The ‘Father’ of Civil Engineering

The ‘Father’ of Civil Engineering

Which civil engineer from Leeds designed the Eddystone Lighthouse?

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Health Reports from 1907

Health Reports from 1907

Did you know the evidence of a medical officer in Leeds was recorded for a Royal Commission?

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Surgical Instrument Pattern Book

Surgical Instrument Pattern Book

Which Leeds business became an international supplier of medical equipment?

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A Tiny Book

A Tiny Book

What is so special about this tiny book which is featured on huge posters all around Leeds?

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Local Battles

Local Battles

During the Civil War battles took place in which city near Leeds?

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Prescription Book

Prescription Book

How was unicorn root used by a Leeds-based herbalist?

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