Visit Bradford Cathedral this Heritage Open Day!

To be completed by: 18:00

Time: Sun 19 Sep 2021 13:00-18:00 | Venue: Bradford Cathedral

The Cream of Yorkshire will highlight some of the significant and little-known people connected with the cathedral and Bradford's past. Visit us to find out more about these fascinating characters, with talks, displays and family activities.

Join us on Sunday 19th September for Bradford Cathedral's Heritage Open Day.

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All are welcome from 1pm - 3:15pm you'll be able to explore the Cathedral and discover more about:

  • 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

Come and see examples of the beautiful craftmanship 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.

From 3:30pm, there will be an opportunity to join us for Choral Evensong.

Early Evening Talk

At 5pm, this will be followed by a talk entitled 'Healing Stitches  -  Louisa Pesel, Bradford’s Inspirational Embroiderer’. This is a talk all about Louisa Pesel, her life and her work, including the practical conservation work on the Khaki Club Altar Frontal, which is part of the Bradford Cathedral textile collection. It will include a short Q&A following the talk, which is delivered by Jacqueline Hyman MA ACR, textile conservator. You can book a free ticket via Eventbrite.


Published: 14/09/2021
Audience: Families
Contact: Bradford Cathedral

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