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World Heritage Weekender: 13 - 14 April, 2013

Day of Dance, Saltaire, 2013

It’s about sharing the outstanding univeral value that is Saltaire with as many people as possible. There are 936 world heritage sites across the world. Some are natural such as the Jurassic Coast in Devon, others man-made, such as the Sphinx in Egypt. Saltaire is in very good company! Saltaire is a world heritage site because it is an exceptional example of an industrial mill town built in the 1850s. We want to use what has been built in the past to improve our present and sustain our future.

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The 2013 Saltaire World Heritage Weekend

Rob Martin writes: 18 April every year is the “International Day for Monuments and Sites”. This was established by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983.

In Saltaire we have been marking this celebration by holding a “World Heritage Weekend”. This year it is Saturday and Sunday 13 and 14 April.

Those of you living in Saltaire may already have received the “World Heritage Weekender” which gives details of the programme. Both Saturday and Sunday are full of activities which we hope you will enjoy and learn from.

On Saturday, back by popular demand are the alpacas brought over by Mike from Greenside Alpacas and on display in Roberts Park near to the bandstand. In the bandstand you are invited to make and decorate your own alpaca with the help of Lou Sumray.

Also on Saturday the Wurlitzer organ in Victoria Hall will be playing and the Cinema Organ Society invites you to have a look under the stage at the mysterious workings of this wonderful instrument.
Across the road in the Salt Building you can join Bradford Museums Young Ambassadors who are running a textile corsages workshop using cloth woven at the Bradford Industrial Museum. Have a go at simple felt-making using hand-dyed wool and learn about the textile dyeing heritage of the area with “Hive”. To complement the textile workshops Texere will be there with fibres and needles for felting, sparkly and twinkly yarns for corsages and brooches and lots of colourful wools to bring your knitting to life!

Saturday morning join the discussion around the experiences of Polish workers in Salts Mill and in the afternoon join in singing about Saltaire with Eddie Lawler and poetry from Andrew Mitchell.

Saturday and Sunday have a lot of activity on the canal. The Kennet and Angus Ferguson will be moored by the Victoria Road bridge. The Canal and River Trust Explorers alongside volunteers from Leeds Liverpool Canal Society will be on hand to tell you all about canals, boats and barges.
On Sunday Sue and Bilbo of the Horseboating Society will show you how to harness a horse (Bilbo) to tow a barge.

At the Salt Building on Sunday morning David King and Dave Shaw are giving a talk about their trip to Dayton Tennessee where Titus Salt Jr was involved in a venture to establish mining/ railroad services/ workers housing in the 1870s.
In the afternoon Tish Lawson will tell you about William Fry who was the secretary to the Governors of the Salt Schools from 1873 until the 1900s.

From 12 to 2pm videos of World Heritage sites from across the world will be on show. You can ask to see footage of particular sites

Over both days the Fluke Room in Victoria Hall will have exhibitions of the Saltaire Archive, UK World Heritage Sites, and Crespi D’Adda in Italy. Titus Salt School will show off their UNESCO Youth Summit Exhibition.

The Glen Tramway will be doing its up and down Shipley Glen with the attendants in Victorian dress on both days - you can travel free if you have the fare in “old money”.

In 2013, the theme is Heritage of Education (schools, universities, libraries, academies, etc.) in different geo-cultural contexts.

Rob Martin
Saltaire Learning



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