An award from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013 helped members of the Bradford World War 1 Group develop materials for a series of events and exhibitions to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.
Research in the Great War editions of the Bradford Weekly and Daily Telegraph was cross-referenced to the Group’s existing resources, to current academic texts and to online sources. The resulting images and text were professionally produced as pull-up exhibition display panels by Inchpunch Design.
A major focus has been the contribution of Bradfordians not only on the Western Front but in other theatres of war. From the summer of 1914 onwards Bradfordians served alongside men from all over the British Empire and other parts of the world. The Group’s commitment has been to present comprehensive, broad and balanced accounts of that contribution.
The exhibition has been shown several times at the invitation of the Lord Mayor’s office in the banqueting suite of Bradford City Hall; at Bradford Central Library during a presentation about the war poet Humbert Wolfe; at events held in the meeting rooms of the Mechanics Institute and as a back-drop to presentations given by group members in other locations, including the Ilkley Literature Festival, the Bradford Sherdil Group, the Bradford Club, Bradford Libraries’ Sam Meekosha Day, Halifax Great War Heritage Society, Otley Men’s Forum and St James’ Bolton Road and Thackley Ladies Groups.
Throughout July 2016 the exhibition provided the backdrop to Bradford Cathedral’s commemoration of the Somme and the Civic Service of Remembrance on 9 July.
The project could not have been done without the help of staff at the Bradford Local Studies Library.