New book by residents remembers Leeds’ history

Hannah Carey, pictured with contributors, from left, Marlene Easley, Livija Upmalis, Pat Davies, Joe Cawley, Ann Babra, James Houston and Lloyd Lythe.
Hannah Carey, pictured with contributors, from left, Marlene Easley, Livija Upmalis, Pat Davies, Joe Cawley, Ann Babra, James Houston and Lloyd Lythe.
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A snapshot of the city’s history has been brought to life in a nostalgic new book by Little London residents.

The Little Bit of History project, which received £50,000 of funding, looks back at life of locals from the sixties to the present day.

Residents were invited to be involved in the book and had the chance to dig up old family photos, cinema tickets and programmes to be used in the project, which has been run by community-based organisation Little London Arts.

Researchers have also been busy rifling through the archives to find museum and community artefacts, including original signs and bricks from the Carlton Towers housing blocks, which were demolished a few years ago.

Interviews and drop-in sessions have also been held to help bring everyone’s stories to life and to rediscover and experiences of former residents.

Hannah Carey has been a Little London resident for more than 20 years and co-ordinated the project, which received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Speaking previously about the project, she said: “This project shows we’re all part of history, no matter what our backgrounds, what we do or where we live, however ordinary or insignificant our lives may seem.

“Little London is the most central residential area of Leeds and is very diverse, so this project seeks to acknowledge what people here have contributed to the development of this city and life in general.”

Little London Arts was formed in 2001 by residents and has since been involved in developing and promoting visual arts, writing, film, photography, music and drama.

For a copy of the book, which costs £5, call 0113 216 1138 or visit littlelondonarts.org.uk.

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