The libary is now open. For details of the current hours and safeguarding arrangements please go to: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/

Our next regular lecture is on Monday 15th November at 6pm on William Gascoigne, Leeds Astronomer - or, How a spider placed Leeds at the forefront of the Scientific Revolution

David Sellers will explore the life of William Gascoigne (c.l612-1644), the first inventor of the telescopic sight and the telescope micrometer.

November is the month when we have a series of lunchtime lectures.

The first lecture this year is on Wednesday 3rd November at 1pm when Eveleigh Bradford will be talking about George Corson, Leeds Architect.

The full programme of talks can be found by clicking Lectures on the left or using this link. The link for booking each lecture can be found on the programme. All our talks this year will be both online and in the Leeds Library.

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The Thoresby Society is the historical society for Leeds and its surrounding area and is open to everyone interested in the city’s rich past and its development over the centuries. It has a long-established library and archive collection, including historical records, maps, newspapers, and images, provides a varied programme of monthly talks and summer excursions, and publishes original research on aspects of Leeds history in its highly regarded annual publication (free to members).

The Society was named after Ralph Thoresby (1658-1725), the first historian of Leeds. It was founded in 1889 to encourage and foster an interest in the history of Leeds and its area, to support and publish relevant research, and to collect and preserve material from the past. Today it continues to welcome new members with an interest in local history, and its collections and lectures are open to the public.

The Society is based in the historic Leeds Library, an independent library founded in 1768, in Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL, in the heart of the city. The Society’s library and archive collection is located here, and members are welcome to use the library and the facilities of the Leeds Library, which is open every weekday and Saturday mornings.

You will find more about the Society’s library and opening hours, its programme of activities, and its publications, as well as a wide range of information on Leeds history, by exploring the topics listed on the left, where you will also find details of membership and how to join the Society.