Bradford City of Film was founded in 2009, when the city was successful in its bid to join the UNESCO Creative Cities network as the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. The organisation’s remit covers a broad range of work, from encouraging productions to shoot in Bradford, to organising community film festivals and developing a Film Literacy programme which aims to help schools to use film as an education tool.

The Film Heritage project aims to showcase Bradford’s contribution to film and television since the dawn of the moving image in the late 1800s. For the past 100 years, the Bradford District has hosted a diverse range of film and television productions, which display the many sides of the area, from the impressive buildings of the city centre to the romantic moors of Ilkley and Haworth. In creating this archive of the city’s cinematic history, Bradford City of Film aims to expose this exciting aspect of Bradford’s past to the public, allowing both residents and visitors to explore an oft-overlooked side to the district’s local history.


The Bradford Film Heritage site is brought to you by Bradford UNESCO City of Film and the University of Bradford Working Academy. This version developed in 2018 by Alice Lassey and Vasiliki Delimpasi.

The original version of the site was developed in partnership with Titus Salt School, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Fund Young Roots. The project was supported by Bradford Industrial Museum, Bradford Libraries, the National Science and Media Museum, the Telegraph and Argus, the University of Bradford Working Academy, and the Yorkshire Film Archive.