Bradford Pit Project


A really interesting briefing today with ex Manchester School of Art, 3D Design student Lauren Murphy, talking about her work establishing the Bradford Pit project. This is a forgotten part of the history of East Manchester, now erased from sight by the National Velodrome, Ethiad Stadium and surrounding developments. Within living memory this was a huge working Colliery first established in 1797 with tunnels extending right across Manchester, closing in the mid 60’s after 350 years of production.

Lauren has helped create an aural history project around surviving miners, of which her Grandfather was one. Lauren has also won an award through the Manchester Histories Festival for her work in the community as an art practitioner and been featured in a profile on the project by the BBC. The plan now is to create a permanent memorial and archive in both the locality and at Manchester Central Libraries Archive +.

Students across Graphic Design, 3D and Illustration with Animation have been asked to respond and pitch ideas for an exhibition at Beswick Library in June 2016 to coincide with the next Manchester Histories Festival. This invites collaboration across many levels and not least engagement with a well articulated need for a community to reconnect the future with the past.

Background information is on the website:

Ian Whadcock


Author: Ian Whadcock

Senior Lecturer Manchester School of Art, BA(Hons) Illustration with Animation course.