Inspiration for the project came during Julia’s work on Census 2021 as she spoke with people and communities in Bradford and she found people’s sense of identity is linked to the city, the changes they have seen in the city and their hopes for the future. She found a strong feeling of pride in being a Bradfordian in 2021 and in the part each person will play in the next stage of the growth of Bradford. Following a presentation at the University’s UNIfy Festival she was delighted to be offered support to develop the idea into a community project. The project will start with Julia talking with Bradfordians to hear about their experience of the city, recording the conversations in places chosen by those taking part and capturing audio and images to add to the exploration of sense of place.
If you would like to find out more about the University of Bradford and the UNIfy festival please follow this link.
Until 1825 the wool-combers in the district of Bradford would hold a parade in Bradford to celebrate their Patron Saint - Bishop Blaise. As part of the four day festival Wool-Combers would dress as the Bishop and parade around the town.
Glyn has sent many years recreating the Wool Festival celebration including leading an annual guided walk dressed as Bishop Blaise and hosting talks about Bishop Blaise.
Bradford Woolly Heritage has now taken on the role of promoting this annual festival held in February each year.
The Wool Fair is held on the first Sunday of February as part of the Blaise Wool Festival. With thanks to our partners at the Bradford Museums Service
We are researching the history of Bishop Blaise and the celebration of Blaises Day across England ready to produce the definitive guide to this fascinating character.
Born on Ilkley Moor 10 years ago the Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship combines a celebration of Yorkshire culture with a fun event for all the family.
As much as we love Glyns guided walks, it would be great to offer the people of Bradford the chance to follow a self guided tour of historic Bradford.