Bradford Cathedral marked the week of Heritage Open Days 2019 by opening its doors to bring tours, talks and give-it-a-go activities to the people of the city.
Director of Education and Visitors Maggie Myers gave tours of the cathedral, covering the building’s history and telling the stories behind the monuments, artefacts and textiles found within.
Bradford Cathedral volunteer and Civil War vlogger Catherine Warr also gave an exciting talk on the history of the Battle of the Steeple and visitors could also learn more about the life of bell-ringer Joe Hardcastle through artefacts and his diary on display with Diane Hadwen of the cathedral education team.
Visitors to the cathedral could also head up to the ringing room where tower captain Ron Crabtree and members of the bell ringing team explained how the bells worked, revealed their history and gave a ringing demonstration that sounded out across Bradford.
There were also craft activities as well as a quiz all about the cathedral that people took part in.
The Bradford Cathedral flower arranging team also created a very special flowers display to celebrate the cathedral’s role in the life of the city, with one half of the display reflecting the history of the woollen industry, and the other how the cathedral helps feed the homeless.
On this Heritage Open Day, thanks are giving for the development of the woollen industry in this area, with wool sacks giving protection to our tower, to the continuing trade of today.
We give thanks that the doors of Bradford Cathedral are open to all, offering a place of serenity, prayer, hospitality and shelter.
Bradford Cathedral is open most days for visitors and you can find out more about the history of the building by visiting our website.
Heritage Open Days continue until Sunday 22nd September across the country and you can find out more about these online.
There’s still chance to enter the Heritage Open Days photography competition where there are great prizes to win. Click here to find out more.