Bradford Industrial Museum

Bradford Industrial Museum
Moorside Road
Eccleshill
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD2 3HP
England

Website

www.bradfordmuseums.org

E-mail

neil.hinchliffe@bradford.gov.uk

Telephone

01274 435900

Fax

01274 636362

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Original Victorian worsted spinning mill complex built in 1875, now used to recreate life in Bradford at the turn of the 19th century.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm
Closed Mondays

Closed Mon except for Bank Holidays

Admission charges

FREE admission

Getting there

Signposted from Bradford Ring Road and Harrogate Road (A658). Bus 645 from Market Street or Hall Ings. All buses stop at Moorside Road. On the museum site there is free car parking and disabled car parking.

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit www.wymetro.com

Additional info

Unique textiles woven on site (wool and worsted suiting) available to purchase or commission.

The Worsted Collection at Bradford Industrial Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

This collection clearly demonstrates Bradford’s unique and internationally significant role in the worsted industry. Worsted played an important part in the industrialisation of England, and the development and mechanisation of the wool textile industry. Moorside Mills, the site of the museum and an original spinning mill, is full of machinery which once converted raw wool into the world's best worsted cloth. The collections illustrate the process of making worsted from fleece to completed clothing, including spinning, looms, and combing.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Music, Land Transport, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of Textile Poppy Field

Poppy Field for Remembrance

  • 26 October 2014 — 6 June 2015 *on now

A textile poppy field has been made to commemorate the Bradford Pals and other soldiers from the district who lost their lives in the First World War. With help from artist Naomi Parker, the poppies were made by nine different community groups of older people from across the Bradford district.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Bradford Industrial Museum Permanent Collection

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

The museum site is a former Worsted Mill complete with mill manager’s house with Victorian décor and a terrace of back-to-back houses showing how mill workers lived at different times in history.

Inside the Mill itself are working displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing and motor vehicles, along with an exciting temporary exhibitions programme.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/venues/industrialmuseum/exhibitions.php

printed sign reading Bradford Industrial Museum Printing Gallery with letter blocks

The Printing Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

A representation of a busy Victorian general printing office. All the machines are authentic and have been carefully restored to full working order by a team of dedicated volunteers. Compare this to the fully restored mid twentieth century printing office, again all the machines and fittings are authentic and have been restored to full working order. Each Wednesday throughout the year the volunteers are on hand to demonstrate and explain the craft of letterpress printing. Each visitor is given a souvenir bookmark, type set and printed on the premises.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whatson/event_detail.php?ID=80

photograph of old fashioned sweet store toy

Selling the Past

  • 6 December 2014 — 17 May 2015 *on now

An exhibition of images from our photographic collection which focus on advertising and the ways we have been sold goods in the past. This nostalgic look through our photographic library will look at some of the ways we have been convinced to buy goods and services down the years.

Images and objects from our collections will be on display to remind us of the way selling was done in Bradford.

This is a free exhibition and is located in our entrance gallery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.bradfordmuseums.org/whatson/event_detail.php?ID=894

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Thornbury Primary's Creative Curriculum and the Grand Trunk Road

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=380

A resource based on exhibitions about the Grand Trunk Road of India and Pakistan showing how exhibitions can be used to support a whole school creative curriculum.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Bradford's Industrial Revolution

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=198

A resource for studying the Victorians, the Industrial Revolution, and the history of Bradford, featuring The Coat of Many Cultures
a large textile work of art inspired by Bradford's history and cultural diversity.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Discovering Print at Bradford Industrial Museum

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=120

Examples of work of past and present printmakers with a glossary of techniques

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

The Grand Trunk Road - Behind the Scenes

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=323

The Grand Trunk Road is one of the longest and most historic trade and military routes in the Indian subcontinent. The road is almost 1,500 miles long and runs from Calcutta in India, across Pakistan, all the way to Kabul in Afghanistan. This resource has brilliant audio and video clips and images recording a journey along the road.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

The Grand Trunk Road - Decorated Trucks in India and Pakistan

One of the most famous sights on the Grand Trunk Road in Pakistan is that of the country’s elaborately decorated trucks, buses and motorised rickshaws. This resource has brilliant video, audio and images about the workshops and their craftsmen that are dotted along the road where these trucks are repaired and decorated.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

The Grand Trunk Road - Recording Oral History Interviews

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=383

Oral history is the recording of people's memories of their own lives. This resource has audio stories of the British Raj, the 1947 Partition of India, and the migration from the subcontinent to British towns and cities - in people's own words.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Getting there

Signposted from Bradford Ring Road and Harrogate Road (A658). Bus 645 from Market Street or Hall Ings. All buses stop at Moorside Road. On the museum site there is free car parking and disabled car parking.

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit www.wymetro.com

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