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At this event in Leeds Central Library we'll be inviting members of the public to come and see how we’ve been creating online stories to share the history of Leeds’ Chinese community. We will also be inviting visitors to explore a range of archive materials held by Leeds Libraries, alongside obj...


A collection of images which depict York, and particularly the Fishergate area, in the early 1900s. Explore York Archivist Laura Yeoman identified these items in the local archives in response to a set of questions devised by members of Blueberry Academy's 'Citizenship' group. The group was taking p...


This is the fourth story by Margaret Wilby about her childhood in Ossett. It concerns her great uncle, Jack Hinchcliffe, or as she called him, “Uncle Swearer”. It is written from a recorded “chat” between Margaret and Mike Adams from The Friends of Ossett Library”. The recording can be fou...


This story is to introduce York Explore and explain the work that we do as volunteers here.


This story follows on from my earlier one entitled “Homecoming – My Father Returns From The War”. It tells of how I got to know him, when he returned after his war service, partly through the family adventures we had on our bikes. It is written following a recorded chat with Mike Adams of The...


This is the third of a series of stories by Margaret Wilby on her recollections of her early life. It is about her father's time as a Co-op branch manager immediately after WW2. It is written following a recorded chat with Mike Adams of The Friends of Ossett Library. The recording of this piece is...


Somos alumnos del Colegio Altazol de Maipo y hemos participado en diversos talleres y actividades de prevención de desastres naturales. Esta es nuestra historia, de lo que hemos hecho y de lo que seguiremos compartiendo.


Joan Barass told me a story about a shop that her husband, Jeffrey, had kept all his working life (from leaving school to the age of 81). This Yarn is entitled "An Ossett Shop That Was Kept by an Ossett Family For 115 Years and the History Of The Malt Shovel Inn". She had worked with him from their...


This is the first story in a series of reminiscences by Margaret Wilby of her life in Ossett. It has been written by her from a recording made of a chat with Mike Adams of the Friends of Ossett Library. It tells of her early life whilst her father was in the army in WW2 and his return home. The...


U3A meets York-Münster Town Twinning Association, by Margarete Wells.


An English conversation class comes for a long weekend to York by Margarete Wells.


Some time ago I researched the history of a “corner shop” in Ossett that had been run by the same family for 115 years. I was recently contacted by Joan Barras who, with her late husband Jeffrey (to whom this story is dedicated) were the last members of the family to keep it. Together with one o...


In 2017, Learners on Blueberry Academy's 'Citizenship' course worked with researchers at University of Leeds, Explore York (library and archive) and with storyteller Cath Heinemeyer to explore the history of the Melbourne Centre using archive resources.


A recent visit to the island by the Digital Community Workspaces team (https://digitalcommunity.leeds.ac.uk/), to find out about progress on 'Exploring Past Futures' and plan the next stages of our community engagement.


John: There seems to me to be a political resistance within your work or a search for alternative modes of production through a collective mentality? Would you identify with that term collective? This action, call it your practice, walks the razors edge between being co-opted into the hegemonic domi...


This is a discussion between artist duo The Cool Couple and myself. Initiated as part of a project for my PhD, this conversation has no pre-requisites it will be allowed to manifest organically.


These ten paintings and drawings have been chosen by members of Yorkshire-based Gypsy and Traveller families to feature in a special exhibition, “Rights and Romance,” which will open in March 2018 at the University of Leeds. We want visitors to the exhibition to understand the stories behind...


In preparation for a project exploring the history of York's Melborne Centre, founded in 1905, learners on Blueberry Academy's Citizenship course came up with a timeline leading back to that date. This Yarn story is a recreation of the original version.


This is the second part of the reminiscences of John Hirst who was born in Ossett in 1921. It covers his time serving in the Merchant Navy and his time in the Russian Convoy. John is 96 yearso old and very active. His earlier memories are recorded in Part 1. It is a while since John wrote his memor...


John was born in 1921 in Ossett. Some time ago he wrote his memories of his early years living and working in Ossett and the surrounding area. He served in the Merchant Navy in WW2 and "Part 2" will cover this. He is now an active 96 year old and has been coming into Ossett Library to "chat" to me a...


This is not a drill.


As part of the 'Leeds is my Home' project, pupils of Leeds Chinese Community School have been sharing information about how Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in the City and also reflecting on the history of Leeds' Chinese community.


Our stall for Weaving Ossett's History at 'Love 1940's Ossett' on 9th Sept 2017 provided an opportunity to learn more about some of the images in the Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive. Here are a couple of stories which people shared with us on the day.