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Bradford District Museums

Bradford District Museums look after inspiring collections of Art, Culture, History and Science in four sites: Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford Industrial Museum, Bolling Hall and Cliffe Castle Museum.

We provide inspiring, engaging and locally-focused school workshops, many of which develop different arts skills.

Across all our sites, we run workshops based on our nationally-recognised technique, the Art & Science of Noticing. This is a child-centred workshop, which is led by curiosity, and focuses on how children respond and react to our collections and buildings. It can be adapted to suit a range of topics and ages.

All our curriculum-linked workshops draw on inspiration from our collections:

At Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, we have a diverse collection of art from a range of cultures, including works by many well-known artists, such as David Hockney, L.S. Lowry, Salima Hashmi and Andy Warhol etc. The collections on display represent a range of techniques including paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, print-making and photography.

Bradford Industrial Museum has an extensive collection of machinery, vehicles and other objects that tell the industrial story of the district and allow people to experience the sounds, sights and smells of the past. It provides an opportunity to learn about Bradford’s rich textile heritage, from Victorian times to the contributions made more recently by various migrant communities.

Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley tells the story of the local area through its archaeology and natural science collections. It is also the home of a vibrant William Morris stained glass collection and features period rooms filled with decorative arts and furniture.

Bolling Hall Museum allows people to step back in time and discover what life was like for the occupants of the Hall over the last 1000 years. This venue allows for immersive storytelling, writing and performance opportunities for budding writers and performers.

We offer Discover Art Award at two of our sites – Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and Bradford Industrial Museum, but can also support schools with Bronze & Silver Awards.

We’re happy to talk to schools about how we can support their curriculum.  We are a small team and work with great freelance artists and educators.

We are running all our workshops and activities in a Covid-secure way.

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Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, SEND, FE, KS5
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