Image Archive

The image archive is central to the Untold Stories project. In 2010 a callout was made to the Leeds Irish community, on both sides of the Irish Sea, to submit photographs which reflected their emigrant experience. More than 500 images were submitted by individuals and organisations, which were digitally copied. The photographs were taken over several decades and cover a wide range of themes.

Coming Together 1
Coming Together 2
Coming Together 3
Coming Together 4
Coming Together 5
Emigration - Conditions in Ireland
Emigration - The Irish Diaspora
Home Slideshow
Hunger for Home 1
Hunger for Home 2
Hunger for Home 3
Leaving Home 1
Leaving Home 2
Leaving Home 3
Looking Back
Rites of Passage 1
Rites of Passage 2
Rites of Passage 3
Settling In
The Leeds Irish Experience

Some of these images have been used throughout the website, along with images from other archives, with the historical narrative to evoke a sense of what life was like for the Irish in Leeds in the second half of the 20th century. The entire collection of digital images has been presented to a number of Irish and British cultural archives as a permanent record of the Irish in Leeds and bear testament to this vibrant community. A selection of these photographs are available to view below.

This is your archive!

Bear in mind that the Untold Stories project is ongoing and does not finish with the launch of this website. The Irish Arts Foundation hope that you will continue to engage with the project, and encourage you to register to leave comments about the individual images in order to add greater detail (or indeed to correct any inaccuracies).

Additionally, if you feel that you have photographs that would enhance the archive, or cover areas which you feel are less represented, please feel free to make contact with us via the contact us page. Please login or register to view and leave comments in the archive area, and create and manage your favourite images. You can do so using the link at the very top right of any page.