thoresby society

Thoresby Society founded 1889

Access and borrowing rights are conferred by joining the Thoresby Society.

Access only is available to the general public.


The Society was set up in 1889 to promote interest in the history of Leeds and its neighbourhood through the collection and preservation of books, documents and other materials to assist in this purpose. Its Library provides an extensive resource on the history of Leeds and its environs, built up over more than a century. At the end of 2015 the collection was moved to the Leeds Library (see separate entry) where it will be integrated with the Leeds Library’s own collection of material on Leeds history to provide a unique resource.


The Society’s collection includes books and pamphlets, ephemera, maps and plans, pictures and photographs, manuscripts and original documents, together with copies of all its own publications and those of some other learned societies. During the current year (2016) the printed material and the archives, maps and other parts of the collection will be re-catalogued onto the Leeds Library system, which will be available to consult online. The archive collection is currently listed on the National Access to Archives catalogue. Work will be undertaken this year to digitalise the Society’s catalogue of images.


The Thoresby Society library is now housed in the Leeds Library (see separate entry).

Contact information

Eveleigh Bradford, Honorary Librarian
The Leeds Library, Commercial Street, Leeds, LS1 6AL
tel: 07400 443 128 / email: (email preferred)

The library is currently (January 2016) closed following removal. Check the website for re-opening information.
When the library re-opens, prior notice of a visit is essential for access to archive material: enquiries may be made by email or post.



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