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Liddle Collection

University of Leeds


The Liddle Collection, awarded Designation status, documents and preserves first-hand accounts of individuals who experienced the two World Wars. It was started privately in the early 1970s by the military historian Dr Peter Liddle and was established as part of Leeds University Special Collections in 1988.

The collection contains several hundred First World War (1914-1919) War Front maps including Trench Maps: Gallipoli (1915), Macedonia (1915-18), Italy (1917-18), Mesopotamia (1915-18), Egypt and Palestine (1915-18), East Africa (1915-18), various regions of Russia (1918-19), and India. There are also French, German and Turkish War Front maps etc.

The collection also contains a large number of air photographs, in particular for France, Belgium and Italy.

Online catalogue available via the Special Collections website:


Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT

Main contact

Tim Procter (Collections and Engagement Manager, Archives and Manuscripts)

Telephone number

'+44 (0) 113 233 5518


Opening hours

Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17 :00; Sat 10:00 - 13:00. Closed between Christmas and New Year (inclusive) and on other public holidays. Please check our website for details.


Prior appointment is required. Most items from this collection can be made available for consultation in the Special Collections reading room


Photocopying and photography by arrangement ; but because of the nature of the material photocopying items from the Liddle Collection is not always permitted.


Catalogues available for 1914-1918 maps

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