If you love theatres as much as I do, you’ll want to learn all about them. Theatres are often majestic places with a rich history – so much incredible talent has normally treaded the boards and thousands of people have enjoyed a collective experience of live theatre together.
St George’s Hall in Bradford is a stunning building full of rich history and heritage. It underwent a major renovation funded by Bradford Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, reopening in 2019. The extensive refurbishment included major works to the roof,
windows, electrics and stone work. The front-of-house areas were increased, and seating upgraded to improve sight lines and comfort, whilst ensuring the world class acoustics are unaffected.
Unique displays of photographs and posters now weave along all four levels of the venue but the community hasn’t been able to enjoy the in-theatre exhibition for a while now.
Of course, with theatres closed at the moment people are desperately missing their local theatre. So it’s lovely to see St George’s Hall has created a new website to tell the unique story of the stunning Victorian concert hall.
From its beginnings in 1853 to the present day, the website shows how the venue has survived and adapted through two world wars (plus a global pandemic!), changes or ownership and new forms of entertainment.
The project has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to ensure the history of the hall is accessible and shared with the wider community. Expect to see an online walk-through timeline, plus various exhibitions on subjects including Black History, Rock & Pop and The Suffragettes. It’s an ongoing project so exhibitions are being researched and developed as I type.
If you have fond recollections of the venue, why not take part in the ‘Memories of St George’s Hall’ section? It’s a beautiful way of bringing the community together and asking everyone to share their thoughts on why the building is so special.
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres said: “We hope that people of all ages will enjoy browsing the new site and learning about Bradford’s first public grand building and its heritage and perhaps even share their own memories and experiences of St George’s Hall. A big thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for enabling us to launch the site.”
Visit https://www.stgeorgeshallheritage-bradford.co.uk/ to take a look at the new website. I think it’s fab!