Our Collections online
WYAS has been involved in a number of projects in increase access to and knowledge of our collections. A number of these have resulted in content or information being made available online. Some of these are listed below.
History to Herstory: Celebrating the lives of women in Yorkshire from 1100s to the present day.
Charting the lives of Yorkshire women, rich and poor, privileged and unfortunate, pioneering and traditional, History to Herstory provides digital access to 90,000 pages of original archive material, including the diaries and correspondence of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, the Bronte letters, early suffragettes records, and almost a century of female casebooks from the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum at Wakefield.
Originally funded by the Big Lottery Fund, this latest version of History to Herstory was funded by JISC and created in a partnership between West Yorkshire Archive Service and Huddersfield University, with contributions from the Bronte Society, Hull Local Studies Library, and Leeds City Council Libraries.
Tracks in time
Tracks in Time is the name of an exciting and important project undertaken by West Yorkshire Archive Service. Supported by Heritage Lottery funding. It saw the conservation and digitisation of the historic tithe maps which together span the modern Leeds Metropolitan District. Fully searchable access to these is possible through the project website: http://www.tracksintime.wyjs.org.uk
Moving here: 200 years of migration to England
As a partner in the National Archives' award-winning project, WYAS digitised 14,000 images of original archive material relating to migrants to West Yorkshire from the Jewish, South Asian, Irish and Caribbean communities. Individuals tell their stories on the interactive website, which includes photographs, paintings, posters, objects and film. West Yorkshire materials include letters relating to Jewish refugees in the Second World War, photographs of clearance areas in Chapeltown Road and Sheepscar, Leeds in the 1960s, the records of PL Bansal, an immigrant from the Punjab who became a teacher in Huddersfield, and over 7,000 images and film clips from the Leeds West Indian Carnival, 1982 - 2000. The website is: www.movinghere.org.uk