Community projects

Bradford Museums and Galleries have so much to offer. We want to share this with our community, and these projects are a special introduction to all we can do.
For the people that live around us, Community Projects can be a first step in a life-long, life-changing journey.

Music at the Museum

Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley will be hosting a season of community music performances featuring local musicians and groups from Keighley and the surrounding area. These free concerts will take place on Sundays at 2pm in the Bracewell Smith Hall.

In this way, the museum will bring one of the building’s great traditions back to life. The Butterfield family, who lived there in the Victorian era, were enthusiastic about music and frequently held performances in the manor house and grounds. They even composed their own works which we hope to be able to showcase at some of the events. Some of the performances will be themed for events or exhibits, or just to tie in to the collections in the museum.

After our first performance by Flimsy Mattress featuring Patchwork Phoenix, one audience member said -

‘I loved listening to live music, up close in this beautiful setting’. 

Come along to enjoy the music. You could make a full day of it and arrive early to have a look around the museum before the show starts.

If you or your group would like to perform at Cliffe Castle Museum as part of our community music project - please contact Tony Carruthers  on 01535 618231

email    [email protected]


 Poppy Project

A community project to create a textile poppy field made to commemorate the Bradford Pals and other soldiers from the region who lost their lives in WW1 was unveiled at Bradford Industrial Museum on 26 October. With help from artist Naomi Parker, the poppies were made by nine different community groups of older people from across the Bradford district. The poppy field is currently on display at the museum till June 2015.

Bradford Museums & Galleries exhibited the first in a programme of FREE WW1 themed exhibitions to be displayed across the District over the next four years. Bradford’s War 1914-18 ran from April to November 2014 at the Industrial Museum in Eccleshill and included several successful event days. Bolling Hall will host this year’s exhibition from June 3 to December 20 and will include the celebration of the Hall’s 100th anniversary as a public building and museum. The programme will then move to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in 2016 and Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley in 2017 before finishing at City Hall in 2018.

For details of other projects, events and exhibitions regarding WW1 in the Bradford district please visit