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WW1 remembered

You will probably all have seen news of national and international events to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

What you may not realise is that very shortly after the start of the war, buildings at our Headingley campus, including the James Graham Building where The Library is housed, were rapidly converted into a military hospital which served as such until 1927 when the wards were finally closed. Called the 2nd Northern General Hospital, it treated thousands of casualties during its life.

Our colleague, Keith Rowntree, has carried out lots of work in researching the history of the university. For more information, check out the Archive and Special Collections blog at . You might also be interested in our Archive and Special Collections webpage at


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