Bolling Hall Museum

New Acquisition: Shackleton’s Preparatory Sketch of The Polar Star

sketch of the foreground figures from the painting - shows the two figures reaching to to the sky,, sat on a river bank - a close up of the figures who are depicted further away in the finished painting

Due to generous funding from The Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford District Museums and Galleries has an exciting new acquisition in its collection – a preparatory sketch of The Polar Star by William Shackleton. Dr Lauren Padgett, Assistant Curator of Collections, tells us about […]

Stephen Brown – Bradford’s blind powerlifter

Photograph of Pilling, Brown and Bennett, with the certificates Stephen won at the IBSA International Blind Sports Federation Championships in Powerlifting, 2002

In spring 2024 Bradford District Museums and Galleries were delighted to receive a small collection of objects relating to Stephen Brown, an award-winning powerlifter who had a rare genetic condition.