Worn Stories: Material and Memory in Bradford 1880-2015

“Worn Stories” is a two year project that will explore the heritage of textile reuse and second hand textiles in Bradford from 1880-2015 funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will link past and present, identifying, interpreting and recording personal and community memories of arrival and belonging through stories of cloth.
Diverse groups from across the community will develop research skills, learn about heritage through engagement in dedicated learning programmes within their own communities and sharing skills and experiences with others around the city.

The project will reference the Bradford Heritage Recording Unit’s recorded interviews and individual stories of textile re use and textile as currency and create  a unique database as a research tool.

The project will establish community ownership of recycling and reuse, changing attitudes and behaviour which will have a longer term impact on reducing textile waste in the city. This will be achieved by encouraging interaction between communities and ongoing opportunities to relate heritage recycling to modern day practice.
The community and volunteer led research from this project will result in the production of creative interpretive work for permanently display, digital online resources and a network of local textile recycling hubs for use in other communities and projects.