A Little Bit Of History is a project undertaken from 2010 to 2014 looking at aspects of the history of the area through the experience of residents and former residents. The project was carried out through a mix of local research, interviews, drop-in sessions and various events, including an exhibition held at Leeds Central Library in May 2012. Little London is an inner city area in Leeds largely comprising council housing built in the 1950s – 1960s, formerly known as Camp Road after the previous name of the main road running through it (now Oatland Lane / Lovell Park Road). The area has been home to people of wide-ranging social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, today one of the most diverse communities in the city.
Also available: A Little Bit Of History resource pack, containing further research material and archive information with sample images, maps, etc, for £5 plus p&p.
LLA can offer related activities to groups and organisations such as talks, workshops and displays using the above and other resources held by LLA. This includes ‘Stories of Little London’ talk and archive photographic slideshow (fees apply). Please contact us as above if you are interested.
Excerpt from editor’s introduction:
Little London is one of the places that people have first ‘pitched up’ when they’ve arrived in Leeds … The history of its population has a richness and diversity that is far from simple. This book is … a snapshot of the lives of some people who once lived here or are living here today. It contains personal stories of men, women and children who have inhabited the streets of Little London from the terraces to tower blocks, from the 1930s up to the present day. (Andrew Coley)