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Old photos of men and building

All they hoped for. All they had. At rest

With VE Day now being celebrated, Keith Rowntree reflects on just some of the students and staff from one of our predecessor colleges who were thrown into a conflict that scattered them across the globe.

Ethel Gray (front), Zoe Walford and Gertrude Clapham (standing) with Richard Parker (behind).

Remembering Miss Gray

To mark International Women's Day on Friday 8 March, Keith Rowntree explores the life of a long forgotten member of staff at the City of Leeds Training College.

Historical picture of student doing PE

Lesser-known uses of the Archive: An Academic Librarian’s view

Academic Librarian Laurence Morris, guest blogs about his experiences concerning the University's Archive and Special Collections.

Hunt picture frame

Ruskin's Gift

John Ruskin was born on the 8 February 1819, 200 years ago. To commemorate his bicentenary Keith Rowntree explores the links between the celebrated art critic and Leeds School of Art. 

Picture frame gallery

Heritage Days

As commemorations of the Great War draw to a close during 2018, the University’s Archive and Special Collections continue to exhibit photographs of the 2nd Northern General Hospital that occupied the buildings at Beckett Park from 1914 until 1927.

Henry Moore’s exam results in Modelling, 1921

Moore…than meets the eye, revisited

Exploring archive material found in our Archive and Special Collections at Leeds Beckett reveals more than meets the eye about Leeds Beckett’s association with the original Leeds College of Art and sculptor Henry Moore.

The Mystery of William Waud

In the Summer of 1907 Ernest Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe, began negotiations with Leeds Corporation to sell Kirkstall Grange.

Carnegie... in the beginning

This June will see the inaugural Carnegie School of Sport Reunion held on our Headingley Campus. To help celebrate the occasion I’ve written a little piece about the early History of Carnegie College.

Old Beginnings, New Endings

One way to look at an archive is in the way it acts as a repository for stories through time and space. Previously our Archive and Special Collections were split between two campuses.

From order to chaos

Working with archives is a powerful reminder of the natural tendency of all things to move from the pristine into a state of decay. Scientists call this entropy, the running down of energy and matter to a uniform state of inertia. The steady dissolution of systems, from order to chaos. Memories lost.

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