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Added to website: 7 March 2011
International World Heritage Celebrations, Saltaire
Friday 15th to Monday 18th April 2011

The International Day for Monuments and Sites (informally known as the World Heritage Day) was created on 18th April, 1982, by ICOMOS and later approved by UNESCO in 1983. The day celebrates the diversity of world heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as to draw attention to its vulnerability.

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This is the first time that Saltaire has celebrated its WH status and events will take place from Friday 15th to Monday 18th April 2011, organised in the main by Saltaire Learning.

Saltaire Learning is a body that creates and promotes learning resources about Saltaire and the surrounding area for use by groups and individuals.  It is the main organising group for the International World Heritage Celebrations in 2011.
More about Saltaire Learning >

Information to download (Last updated on 11 April 2011)

World Heritage Day (Saltaire) programme
Download here (Acrobat file) (Updated on 11 April 2011)

Treasure Hunt, by Eddie Lawler
(Friday 15 April - for more info, see below)
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Events on Friday 15th April 2011
Please note: This schedule has been slightly revised and published on this website on 11 April 2011.

Treasure hunt
Where: Saltaire from park to top Victoria Rd
Time: All day
Cost: Free

First you’re asking where to start?  Smack-bang in the middle of Roberts Park. . ..  pick up a copy of the treasure hunt created by Eddie Lawler of Saltaire.  Can you follow the clues and be the first out of the Hockney post box in The Mill to win £25 book token?  Treasure hunt forms are available from the event venues, volunteer stewards and on this website.
Download the treasure hunt here:

Costumed guided walk by Salts Walks
Where: From Saltaire United Reformed Church
Time: 11:00
Cost: Adults £3.75 / Children £2.75 (12 and under)
Walks take approximately 1 hour.

Salts Walks are exciting guided walks by knowlegeable and entertaining costumed local tour guides. More about Salts Walks >

The Kennet: step aboard and discover how Alpaca wool reached Saltaire
Where: Canal towpath Victoria Road
Time: 12:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free

The Kennet was built in 1947 to carry general cargo. In 1985 British Waterways converted her into an exhibition boat and later still, she was acquired by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, which records the local heritage of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. Please come along and find out more about the canal's history and the Society. We are always looking for new members, and you can find out more on our website: www.llcs.org.uk

Costumed guided walk
Where: From Saltaire United Reformed Church
Time: 14:00
Cost: £3.75 per person
Organised by: Salts Walks

World Heritage Weekend evening reception
Where: Shipley College Salt Building
Time: 18:30
Cost: Free

Welcome to the International World Heritage weekend. Enjoy a complimentary drink and a preview of the Saltaire Archive and other exhibits from the Bradford Museum collection.  There will be a talk by Mike Clarke, “World Heritage and Canals". Organised by Saltaire Learning, a body that creates and promotes learning resources about Saltaire and the surrounding area for use by groups and individuals.  It is the main organising group for the International World Heritage Celebrations in Saltaire.

Welcome address followed by talk by Mike Clarke
World Heritage and Canals, covering European canal history and World Heritage sites with canals
Where: Shipley College Salt Building
Time: 19:15
Cost: Free
Organised by: Saltaire Learning

Weekend events 16th - 17th April 2011

Treasure hunt
Where: Saltaire from park to top Victoria Rd
When: All day, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April
Cost: Free
Organised by: Eddie Lawler / Salts mill
Download the treasure hunt here:

Can you solve all the clues to win a £25 Salts Mill voucher? Treasure hunt forms are available from event venues, volunteer stewards, and from this website.

Local produce market
Where: Caroline Street car park
When: Saturday, 09:00 - 15:00

The Kennet: step aboard and discover how Alpaca wool reached Saltaire
Where: Canal towpath Victoria Road
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April, 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free

Salts £250,000 Giveaway exhibition
Where: Shipley College Salt Building (Victoria Road)
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April, 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free

This exhibition to accompany "What did Titus do for us?" explores Sir Titus Salt's motivation for becoming one of Victorian Britian's greatest philanthropists and the range of good causes that he supported.

Saltaire Achive exhibition
Where: Shipley College Salt Building (Victoria Road)
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April, 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free

The Saltaire Archive at Shipley College is an ever growing, unique collection of books, newspapers, Salt family memorabilia, maps, plans, artefacts, etc. on the history and present development of Saltaire. Part of the collection is displayed in ‘The History of Saltaire’ exhibition on the ground floor at Salts Mill. The rest of the arhive is housed in the Saltaire Studies Centre in the Exhibition Building of Shipley College.  A selection of items from the archive will be on display in the Salt Building.

Stone Carving Demonstrations
Have you ever wondered how a piece of stone is shaped into a work of art? 
Where: Roberts Park, East Shelter
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April, 11:00 to 15:00

Stone buildings are all around us in West Yorkshire and in Saltaire you can see fine examples of the mason’s craft.  But have you ever wondered how a piece of stone is shaped into a work of art?  Members of the West Riding Stonecarving Association will be demonstrating their skill and answer your questions. 

Activities in Roberts Park
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April from 11:00 to 15:00

Organised by: Martin Bijl / parks

  • Plant sale [By the Friends of Roberts Park] 11:00 - 13:00
  • Bradford Knitting Group [Demonstration and teaching of traditional knitting and spinning especially using alpaca and angora wools] Sunday only
  • Local bat group activity stall - Sunday only 11:00 - 15:00
    Titus Salt School band
  • Supervised mayhem in the play park [Sponsored by Cadbury`s]
  • Alice in Wonderland (theatrical show) 16.00

Alice in Wonderland (Theatrical Show)
Where: Roberts Park
When: Sunday 17th April 16:00

Drama students from Titus Salt School will be performing scenes from their recent prodcution of Alice in Wonderland around Roberts Park.

Rainbow Morris Dancers
Where: Promenade / bandstand Roberts Park
When: Sunday 17th April at 13:00
Cost: Free
Organised by: Rainbow Morris Dancers

Saltaire's very own Morris dancing team will be performing dances with clogs, bells, garlands, hankies and sticks following the North West tradition of Morris dancing.

Hall Royd Band
Where: Bandstand Roberts Park
When: Sunday 17th April from 14:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free
Organised by: Hall Royd band

The Band plays a wide variety of music with the intention that at each performance there will be 'something for everyone'. You will hear traditional brass band music, classical adaptations and more modern popular works.

Rowing boats on the river and on display
Where: Roberts Park riverside
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th from 11:00
Cost: Free

Bradford Amateur Rowing Club was founded in 1867 and the two storey Clubhouse built in 1893 still retains much of its Victorian character.  As a registered Community Amateur Sports Club, new members from diverse backgrounds are welcomed, including those new to the sport of rowing.  The Club has been rewarded Sport England's Clubmark Accreditation for being child friendly, effective and well-managed.

Costumed guided walk
Where: From Saltaire United Reformed Church
When: 11:00 Saturday 16 April
Also: 11:00 and also 14:00 Sunday 17th April

Cost: Adults £3.75 / Children £2.75 (12 and under)
Organised by: Salts Walks

Talk: What did Titus do for us?
Where: Shipley College Salt Building, Victoria Road
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April at 14:30
Cost: Free
Organised by: Hattie Townsend / Craig McHugh

A mixed media presentation, written and directed by Hattie Townsend, with amazing slides from Heritage Officer, Craig Mc Hugh. It's 1878 and the people of Saltaire have gathered to hear the details of Sir Titus Salt’s will from his daughter, Amelia.   However, the meeting does not go entirely to plan. There are poems from Anne Moss and interruptions from formidable barge owner, Mrs Mary Scott. Accompanied by an amazing magic lantern slideshow!

Talk: The Changing Faces of Saltaire's Waterfronts
Where: Shipley College Salt Building, Victoria Road
When: Saturday 16th April at 15:00
Cost: Free
Organised by: Dave Shaw of the Saltaire History Club

The Saltaire History Club was established in September 2006 to further the knowledge and awareness of the history of the village. The club is open equally and freely to all, and holds quarterly meetings in the village.
www.saltairevillage.info/historyclub.html

Events on Monday 18th April 2011

Treasure hunt
Where: Saltaire from park to top Victoria Rd
When: All day
Cost: Free
Organised by: Eddie Lawler / Salts mill

The Kennet: step aboard and discover how Alpaca wool reached Saltaire
Where: Canal towpath Victoria Road
When: 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free
Organised by: Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society

Mighty Wurlitzer experience
Where: Victoria Hall
When: 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free
Organised by: Cinema Organ Society

Experience the Cinema Organ Society’s ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ in Victoria Hall. Wurlitzer pipe organs were originally used to provide musical accompaniment to silent films, though when the ‘talkies’ arrived they provided music between the films and for concerts of popular music. The console is the ‘control centre’ through which the organist plays the music and selects the appropriate sounds. All the components which produce the sound, including around 800 pipes of differing tone and pitch as well as percussion instruments such as real drums and cymbols and in rooms under the stage. Tours and performances will alternate at regular intervals throughout the day.

Saltaire archive and art exhibition
Where: Salt Building Victoria Rd
When: 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free
Organised by: Shipley college

Alpaca Parade
Where: Canal towpath, Victoria road to Salts Mill
When: 13:30
Cost: Free

The Scouts, Woodcraft Folk, Vicars, Saltaire Festival, Friends of Roberts Park and Saltaire Village Society have all decorated an alpaca and are taking part in a parade IN THE COMPANY OF A REAL LIVE ALPACA which symbolically connects the canal to the Mill.  Setting off from the Kennet at 1:30pm, the parade will walk to Salts Mill, ending in the bookshop, with songs by Eddie Lawler and a story by Roger Clarke, in the character of the Rev. David Cowan.

Songs and story by Eddie Lawler and Roger Clarke and Maria Glot
Where: Bookshop in Salts Mill
When: 14:00
Cost: Free

Extra Notes about Contributors

Bradford Parks & Landscapes 
Malcolm Wright and Martin Bijl, Roberts Park Manager work closely with the Friends of Roberts Park to achieve Green Flag status.
Website: www.bradforddistrictparks.org

BMDC Museums Bracken Hall (John Dallas)
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot near to Saltaire. The Centre displays natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area.
Website: www.bradfordmuseums.org

Craig McHugh BMDC Heritage Officer 
Bradford Council’s Design and Conservation Team is responsible for the preservation and enhancement of the district’s historic environment including 59 Conservation Areas and nearly 6000 listed buildings.  Craig McHugh provides advice to owners and tenants regarding maintenance and alteration of the world heritage site’s 800+ buildings and provides conservation support to projects including the recent restoration of Roberts Park. Email: craig.mchugh@bradford.gov.uk

Friends of Roberts Park
The FORP are a group of volunteers formed in 2004 to promote and safeguard Roberts Park for future generations. The Friends supported the Council's lottery bid, and have helped to publicise and run Saltaire Bandstand Concerts. New volunteers are always needed. The FORP meet once a month at the lodge in the park and all are welcome!
Email: forp@roberts-park.org

Salts Mill
Salts Mill was built by Sir Titus Salt and opened in 1853. In its time, it was the largest industrial building in the world. The mill closed in 1986, with renovation beginning the following year by the late Jonathan Silver. It is now an art gallery, shopping and restaurant complex, and also provides offices for Pace plc. The 1853 Gallery displays many paintings by Bradford born artist, David Hockney. It is a grade II* listed building.
Website: www.saltsmill.org.uk

Yorkshire Fashion Archive
This exhibition explores Yorkshire life in the 20th Century revealed through clothing and accessories donated to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive at the School of Design, University of Leeds.
Website: www.textiles.leeds.ac.uk

 
 
   

World Heritage Day
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Eddie Lawler's Treasure Hunt

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