Bradford Family Archive: online film premiere and after-party — Impressions Gallery

Join us for the live premiere of Bradford Family Archive on YouTube, a short film revealing stories and photographs shared by the people of Bradford. Meet young people from New Focus, who produced the project, and help us celebrate at the after-party on Zoom. The project has been funded by Bradford Council’s Response grant, a programme helping communities to connect digitally during Covid-19 and lockdown, and supported by Arts Council England.

Bradford Family Archive was developed by New Focus, our young people’s collective. New Focus asked the people of Bradford to share family stories and photos via Facebook and Instagram to become part of an online archive. New Focus collected over sixty photographs and created a short film to highlight some of the stories uncovered.

The film takes us back in time, sparking memories of places forgotten, with photographs dating back to the early 1900s. Highlights include images of Bradford’s iconic locations, such as an amazing panorama from the top of City Hall’s clock tower.  Local heroes include Lilian Armitage, a suffragette and the first secretary of the Women’s Social and Political Union in Bradford. The film also reveals  journeys to Bradford, with contributions from members of Community Works’ Nani Ji group (a social group for older Asian women) who have shared objects they brought to Bradford to remind them of their hometowns in Pakistan and elsewhere.

The film will be launched at 4.30pm. Afterwards, please come along to our celebratory after-party with New Focus on Zoom, where you can tell us your thoughts on the film and share your Bradford stories. The after-party will run until 5.15pm. We hope you can join us!

Bradford Family Archive is funded by Bradford Council as part of the Response Programme, and supported by Arts Council England. Thank you to everyone who shared their family stories and photographs. 

Photograph from Imogen Sullivan, of Beckfoot Thornton, Bradford City Hall, 1958
Robert Clegg (right) helping paint Bradford City Hall in 1958. Photograph shared by his granddaughter Imogen Sullivan of Beckfoot Thornton School.
Photograph from Sarah Aherne
Frank Ahern, photograph shared by his granddaughter Sarah Aherne.
Photograph by Isla Stead-Price, holding a watch that has been passed down four generations of her family.
Precious watch that has been passed down four generations of the family. Photograph shared by Isla Stead-Price.
Bradford Family Archive: online film premiere and after-party — Impressions Gallery
Lillian Armitage, the first secretary of the Women's Social and Political Union, in Bradford. Photograph shared by her granddaughter Pat Rhodes.
Bradford Family Archive: online film premiere and after-party — Impressions Gallery
Nazish and family celebrating Eid, with a group photo in Lister Park. Photograph shared by Nazish.

New Focus

  • New Focus

    About New Focus

    New Focus is Impressions Gallery’s award-winning collective for young people who live, work or study in Bradford. New Focus gives 16 to 25-year olds the opportunity to get involved, make decisions on specific projects, and develop key skills for their future careers. Formed in 2012, New Focus works closely with Impressions and Bradford’s diverse communities to develop creative projects that inspire and engage other young people.

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