Local Studies Lunchtime Lectures

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Bradford Libraries 1872 – 1922

A week of lunchtime lectures during the celebration week 13 June – 17 June featuring aspects of Bradford’s history in the collections at Bradford Local Studies Library and West Yorkshire Archives, Bradford.

All are welcome to join in these free events which will appeal to everyone with an interest in the history of our great city.

Bradford Local Studies Library,
Margaret McMillan Tower (side entrance),
Princes Way,

12 noon – 1.00pm

Booking information

Please telephone or email Bradford Local Studies Library to book a place

01274 433688

Monday 13 June

‘Godfrey Wright – a life in early 19th century Bradford maps’
A talk by local historian Derek Barker.

In the first half of the nineteenth century, Godfrey Wright was Bradford’s biggest landowner. Join local map expert Derek Barker in using maps from Bradford Local Studies library to illustrate important areas in Bradford that he owned including the areas that became St George’s Hall, Little Germany and the T & A building.

Derek Barker is blogger and author of Bradford Libraries map website. https://bradfordlibrariesmap.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 14 June

‘There and back again – Bradford Archives and Libraries’
A talk by Fiona Marshall, WYAS, Bradford Archivist

This talk will give a unique overview into the background to the collections and be an invaluable source of information for anyone involved in uncovering Bradford’s rich history and heritage.

In partnership with WYAS

Wednesday 15 June

‘The real repair shop’
A talk by Shirley Jones, Head of Conservation at WYAS

A fascinating insight into the work of a conservator in preserving and repairing documents from Bradford’s history.

In partnership with WYAS

Thursday 16 June

The Federer Collection: A unique window on Victorian Bradford
A talk by local historian and author Dr Simon Ross Valentine

Come along and hear about Charles Federer and his extensive collection of books, pamphlets, tracts and other ephemera which provide a fascinating glimpse into many areas of life in Victorian Bradford.