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At present, the collection contains material about:

Leeds Grand Theatre
Leeds Town Hall
Roundhay Park
Kirkgate Market
City Varieties
Headingley Stadium
Morley Town Hall
Co-op Voices
Sonic Carnival
Under One Roof

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Times Past on the Bank and Richmond Hill took place at St Vincent's Support Centre on rolex uk York Road in February 2007. This lively event was hosted by Leeds Library and Information Service in partnership with Sonic City, East Leeds Healthy Living, St. Vincent's Support Centre and Richmond Hill Elderly Action.

It was a great chance to chat, share stories and look at pictures from the Leodis website, which sent everyone down memory lane. It was a chance too for people to find out more about Sonic City and also to discover what Libraries can offer for people who fake watches want to explore their family history, enjoy free computer courses along the way.

David Owens, Chair of East Leeds Historical Society, really captivated people by reminding us of the importance of recording their stories for posterity - history is much more than just 'important' people and events!

It was a great community event with good refreshments too!



Born in 1928, Barbara Joyce Blakeley remembers growing up in the Harehills area. She recalls the housing, community and amenities in the 1930s.
She also tells us about the disappearance of the iron railings during World War II.


Childhood in 1930s Harehills
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Living in Harehills in the 1940s
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Milk deliveries taken over by the Co-op
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Iron railings in WW2 Harehills
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Audrey Bottomley recalls a happy but poverty-stricken childhood during the war and tells us about how knitting helped her and her family through hard times.

Knitting to survive on a low income during wartime
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Remembering the 1940-50s, Brian Ruston tells us about Whit Monday treats organised by Richmond Hill Methodist Church and also how New Year was celebrated over the road at Newborn Chapel.

Whit Mondays at Richmond Hill Methodist Church
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New Years' Eve at Newborn Chapel
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Jacks Binns, born in 1928, remembers his schooldays at York Road Infant School Richmond Hill during wartime.

Wartime schooldays
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Peter Woods has compiled books of various stories in and around Leeds. Here he shares three that have not been published as yet. Firstly, a tale about how the Germans invaded Leeds - almost! Secondly, he relates the first of two stories provided by Maud Thickpenny concerning a joint of pork in the pawn-shop. Lastly, Maud's tale of the difficulties of conducting a romance whilst working at her Mum's Fish and Chip Shop.

The Germans are coming!
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Pork in the Pawn-shop
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Chip Shop Romance
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Born in the 1920s, Margaret Lihoreau has many memories of the LS9 area. In particular she remembers Curtis's Woodwork factory where her father worked, but also she recalls some events that took place down by the river Aire.

Childhood Memories growing up in LS9 during the 1930s
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Two tales of people throwing themselves in the river Aire
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Curtis's Woodwork Factory
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A lookout post during bombing raids on Leeds
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Caroline Bladen has some fond memories of growing up in Crossgates in the 1940-50s, in particular Great Manston Church made a lasting impression.

Childhood memories of Crossgates
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As part of an exciting project called Backstage Past, young people from Morley Newlands Primary school learned to use the equipment and recorded sounds, stories and memories of the Grand Theatre during its ‘Transformation’.

The young people had unique access to the Theatre during the refurbishment. They talked to the contractors, and people who work in the Theatre and with the help of Sonic City experts created their own sound archive. They also visited the Central Library and the West Yorkshire Archives to learn about the history of the Grand, and used artwork, stories, poems and performance to celebrate and share what they had learned.



SONIC CITY - sounds and stories of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, collected by Heydays.

Heydays is an exciting project for people over 55 hosted by the West Yorkshire Playhouse. A huge range of activities are provided and on a Wednesday the Playhouse buzzes with sounds of people learning, creating, performing and generally having fun.


This term one group has taken Sonic City to its heart and becoming roving reporters and sound archivists. Using Sonic City's hand held recorders, members of the group have created a 'soundscape' of replica watches uk the Playhouse and also recorded voices from around the building. You will also find the stories they've collected in other areas of the Sonic City site as they found people keen to talk about Leeds Town Hall, Roundhay Park and other special places in the city. They are hoping to expand their work next year, so watch this space!

If you want to know more about Heydays, call on 0113 213 7700, and ask for Nicky Taylor, Community Development Officer.

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