Not just for Yorkshire Day: Find out about Yorkshire Greats at Bradford Cathedral Heritage Open Day

‘The Cream of Yorkshire’ will celebrate the lives and work of some great historical people from Yorkshire at Bradford Cathedral this September

Director of Education and Visitors Maggie Myers outside Bradford Cathedral, with a Yorkshire flag!

Bradford Cathedral will be opening its doors on Sunday 19th September from 1pm to celebrate some of the great Yorkshiremen and women that have been associated with the city.

The Cream of Yorkshire will highlight some of the significant and little-known people connected with the cathedral and Bradford’s past during an open afternoon, followed by a free talk at 5pm.

The people you can find out more about include:

  • Louisa Pesel, a renowned embroiderer who pioneered the use of the craft as occupational therapy, with shell-shocked First World War soldiers
  • Joe Hardcastle, a well-known local character and Bradford Cathedral bell-ringer for sixty years
  • William Scoresby Jr, a distinguished Arctic explorer, scientist and later vicar of Bradford Parish Church (now cathedral)
  • Ernest Sichel, acclaimed Bradford artist and sculptor, who produced work for the cathedral

You will also be able to explore Bradford Cathedral to see examples of the beautiful craftsmanship of Louisa Pesel and Ernest Sichel, explore where Joe Hardcastle rang the bells for sixty years, and find out more about all of these interesting characters and their connections to Yorkshire through displays, presentations and related activities.

There will also be children’s activities on offer.

Maggie Myers, Director of Education and Visitors, says:
“We’re also delighted to welcome Jacqueline Hyman to the Cathedral who will be delivering a fascinating talk on the remarkable life of Louisa Pesel, a Bradford-born woman who found international recognition for her work in embroidery, and who pioneered the use of embroidery as occupational therapy with shell-shocked First World War soldiers at the Abram Peel Hospital, located on Leeds Road Bradford.”

The open afternoon will be followed by an early evening talk entitled ‘Healing Stitches: Louisa Pesel, Bradford’s Inspirational Embroiderer’, delivered by textile conservator Jacqueline Hyman MA ACR.

The free talk, which will begin at 5pm, will look at the life and work of Louisa Pesel, including the practical conservation work on the Khaki Club Altar Frontal, which is part of the Bradford Cathedral textile collection. There will also be a chance to find out more in a Q&A session which will follow.

The Bradford Cathedral open afternoon takes place on Sunday 19th September from 1-3:15pm; no need to book. The talk at 5pm is free to attend and you can book in advance at or by calling the Cathedral office on 01274 77 77 20 between 9am and 1pm between Monday and Friday.

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