Bolling Hall Museum

‘Hidden Histories’ at Bolling Hall

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This summer, Bradford District Museums and Galleries were delighted to be able to host ‘Hidden Histories’ with Mind The Gap at Bolling Hall, sharing some of the stories from Bradford’s past. Daniel Foulds, who wrote and directed the pieces, agreed to write this blog for us. He writes: “Way back in 2017 when the research and development […]

Home Sweet Home: Bolling Hall

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To celebrate the 106th anniversary of Bolling Hall as a museum on the 22nd September 2021, and inspired by the TV programme ‘A House Through Time’, one of our Assistant Curators, Dr Lauren Padgett, has researched how Bolling Hall was ‘home sweet home’ to different Bradfordians in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bolling […]

Need to Weed! Volunteer Weeding Day


ALL WELCOME! Bolling Hall Museum are having a weeding morning on Friday 23rd July We will be meeting at the entrance to Bolling Hall Museum at 10am and plan to finish at 11.30am. Anyone attending should bring the following: gardening gloves and suitable footwear (e.g. no flip flops) and clothing (ideally long sleeves) required. It would be great if volunteers could also bring any […]

‘Walk, Talk, Discover and Draw’ sessions at Bolling Hall.


Under-fives are ‘Walk, Talk, Discover and Draw’ activities move on Bolling Hall gardens.  Bradford Museums and Galleries have teamed up with 50 Things to do Before You’re Five to create a programme of activities for young children and their parents and carers to enjoy in the gardens and grounds of the district’s museums and galleries. Groups of […]

Home Sweet Home: Old Photographs of Bolling Hall

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Bolling Hall had been owned and lived in by its wealthy owners for centuries until the 19th century. Sir Francis Wood sold Bolling Hall to the Bowling Iron Company in 1816 and one of the company partners, Mr John Paley, received the Hall and subsequently rented it to other families.  Rev. Heineken was one of […]

105 years of Bolling Hall Museum

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On the 22nd of September 2020, it will be the 105th anniversary of Bolling Hall opening as a Museum. In this blog, Dr Lauren Padgett, Assistant Curator of Collections, looks back at its 105-year history of being a Bradford museum that has both delighted visitors with its period charm and frightened visitors with its ghostly […]

Meet the Richardsons: Bierley Hall and Bierley Woods

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Assistant Curator of Collections Dr Lauren Padgett tells us about how a family’s 18th century botanical gardens are now public woods in Bierley for Bradfordians to enjoy centuries later.   Anyone who wanders off the beaten track in Bierley Woods, Bradford, might stumble across the remains of stone steps and a wall. This was once […]

Crichton’s ‘Bygone Bradford’

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Assistant Curator Lauren Padgett shares with us some of our fascinating collection of paintings by N. S. Crichton which have preserved bygone Bradford for posterity.  She writes: In the Bradford Museums and Galleries collection, we have a set of fascinating watercolour paintings of old Bradford. Painted by N. S. Crichton, they give an insight into […]