Christmas Cracker: Bradford on Film DVD

‘Bradford on Film’ is a new DVD capturing life in the city over the past one hundred and twenty years, drawing from the Yorkshire Film Archive’s remarkable moving image collections.

Starting with black and white flickering images taken in the Town Hall Square in 1896, the DVD follows a whole century of Bradford life on film, from a day out to Shipley Glen, Haworth and Saltaire, to the resilience
of the city and its people during World War II, working life in the mills mixed with the all-important excitement of Wakes Week trips to Blackpool.

The DVD also includes rare images of the city festooned in bunting for the 1935 Silver Jubilee, grabbing a bargain at Kirkgate Market in the 1950s before hopping on the trolleybus home, fresh-faced University of Bradford students in the 1960s, the vibrancy of the Mela, fans showing their support on the rugby and football terraces, and enjoying a curry after a dance at the Blue Lace nightclub. It’s all here in ‘Bradford on Film’.

Narrated by journalist and Bradfordian, Christa Ackroyd, ‘Bradford on Film’ is a fascinating portrait of this diverse city and its people. From the work of keen amateur enthusiasts through to footage from our regional television companies, ‘Bradford on Film’ tells the fascinating story of life in and around the city over the decades: the people, places, major events and everyday working lives captured on film, and now uncovered once again for everyone to see and enjoy.

All the films on the DVD have been carefully preserved, catalogued and digitised by the Yorkshire Film Archive so that everyone can continue to see, share and enjoy our collections.

Sue Howard, Director of the Yorkshire Film Archive, says: “What is fantastic about these collections is that whenever we give screenings or presentations, people immediately connect with the films, and that’s because they recognise the places they grew up in, went to work, the shops, the streets – and often the people captured on film – and before you know it, the stories start to flow. Following many popular screenings in the city over the years, this is our chance to respond the question that is always asked – ‘Where can we get this on DVD?’ – so here it is, Bradford on Film!”

All profits from the sale of ‘Bradford on Film’ are ploughed back into the work of the charity, so by popping a ‘Bradford on Film’ DVD into someone’s Christmas stocking, you are helping to support and save more of Yorkshire’s film heritage!

‘Bradford on Film’ is on sale now, and can be bought directly from the Yorkshire Film Archive website (£12):
Alternatively, you can pick up your copy at the following Bradford outlets (£12.99):

Bradford Visitor Information Centre,
Britannia House,
Bradford, BD1 1JF

Ilkley Visitor Information Centre,
Station Road,
LS29 8HA

Bradford Industrial Museum,
Moorside Mills,
Moorside Road,

Bolling Hall,
Bowling Hall Road,