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Leeds City Council

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Site Facilities

Guided tours

From the home page a 'guided tour' can be taken around certain areas in Leeds. These tours are a collection of photographs brought together with more detailed text to give an impression of how an area used to be. 'Tours' can be taken around the inns and yards of Briggate, Leeds Bridge to North Street, Coronation and Silver Jubilee celebrations, and Temple Newsam House.

Web cards

Any of the images on the Leodis website can be sent as a webcard. Select the image you wish to send, click on 'Send as a web card'. Simply fill in the form in the pop up window with your name, your e-mail address, the name of the person you are sending the card to, their e-mail address and then the message you wish to send. There is no charge for this service.

Leodis album

If you wish you can select several photographs to keep together in your own online album. To set this up click on 'Your Leodis album' in the menu to the left, select 'new user', create your own username and password, retype your password as confirmation. Alternatively select a photograph you wish to put in an album and click on 'add to album' above the image and then follow the procedure above. You have now created an album.

To add more photographs simply find the photograph you want, click on 'add to album' above the photograph and select 'existing' user. You can then enter your username and password to add this image to your album. To add further images while you remain on the Leodis site you should not need to re-enter your username and password.

To view all the content of your Leodis album click on 'Your Leodis album' in the menu to the left, select 'existing user', enter your username and password. A list of all the photographs you have selected will then be displayed.

There is no limit to the number of different albums you can create as long as you can remember the different usernames and passwords. Please note that we do not have access to the username or password you select therefore if you forget them we are not able to help you retrieve your album/s.

Add a comment

Click on 'Something to say' under whichever photograph you wish your comment to appear. In the pop up window just fill in your name, e-mail address and the comment you wish to appear. Your comment can be as long or short as you want. This facility is designed to allow people to share their memories of living in Leeds. For example if you find a photograph of the house you used to live in or the school you went to it would be great if you could share your memories of what it was like living there at the time, how you used to live etc. This facility is a great way of keeping the history of Leeds alive and adding a valuable social history to the photographs.

Comments are the views and reminiscences of people using the site and as such we do not edit them in any way. We do administer the publishing of comments and reserve the right not to publish unsuitable comments.


If you spot any inaccuracies in the descriptions of the photographs on the site please send us your corrections by clicking on the e-mail link to the Local Studies Department underneath the description. All corrections will be verified before information is altered on the site. Any corrections sent inadvertantly as a comment will also be checked and details amended in this way rather than appearing as a comment.

Latest additions

The 100 most recently added photographs to the Leodis site can now be viewed easily by clicking on the link in the menu to the left.

Top 50

You can now see what are the most viewed photographs on the site. We have listed the top 50.

Can you help?

Sometime we have photographs which don't have information available on them. We will list them in the 'Can you help?' section. If you can fill in any details for us please fill in the box provided and add your e-mail address to enable us to contact you if necessary.