Upcoming Events

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 15 May

The 2018 AGM of Bradford Civic Society will take place on Tuesday 15 May at the Midland Hotel, Bradford, from 7pm.
The AGM is a chance to hear an update from the Chair on recent activities. We will also elect or Chair and Officers for the next civic year. All are welcome to attend, but only full members will be permitted to vote.

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Summer Social – Wednesday 6 June

Join fellow members and friends of the Civic Society for an informal get-together at The Sparrow bier cafe on North Parade from 7.30pm.
Plus, on a first-come, first-served basis we will be inviting a very limited number of members only for a special tour underneath City Park to explore the state-of-the art technology behind this award-winning water feature. Details of this will be emailed to members.

Blue Plaques for Bradford – Tuesday 17 July

We will be launching our first-ever blue plaque scheme for Bradford on Tuesday 17 July. Save the date for now, as more details will be announced over the coming months, including a venue and time. We welcome guest speaker Martin Hamilton – Director of Leeds Civic Trust – to talk about the successful plaque scheme in our neighbouring city.

Previous Events

Can Little Germany ever thrive?

It’s been described as the finest Victorian merchant quarter in Europe, and is undoubtedly one of Bradford’s architectural gems – but are we making the most of Little Germany? Why aren’t its streets full of life?

Bradford Civic Society welcomed Dave West – of Little Germany Action – to talk about their work to make Little Germany a great place in which to live, work and play.

An evening with the ghosts of City Hall

Bradford Civic Society and Bradford Police Museum hosted a nocturnal tour inside City Hall on Halloween. The intimate, lantern-lit tour took in the preserved Victorian cells, and there was a special talk about City Hall’s ghosts held in the historic 1873 Gothic courtroom.
To end the evening, we hosted a candle-lit supper at The Brick Box Rooms on Ivegate – Bradford’s oldest and most infamous street.

Peace in the City – Tuesday 16 January 2018

The first of the Civic Society’s 2018 meetings welcomes Lauren Padgett of Bradford Peace Museum. Lauren will be talking us through recent developments at the museum, and will share some of their ambitious plans for the future.
Join us from 7pm at The Midland Hotel, Forster Square, on Tuesday 16 January 2018.

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Save High Point / Raze High Point

A public debate to discuss the role of modernism in Bradford, featuring guest speakers Sir Simon Jenkins (Guardian columnist), Catherine Croft (Director of the C20 Society), Jordi Campo Bria (Yeme Architects), Vijay Taheem (University of Huddersfield). The debate was moderated by Dr George Sheeran, of the University of Bradford.

Unseen Undercliffe

Bradford Civic Society invite you to discover the secrets of northern England’s magnificent Victorian cemetery. We heard about Undercliffe’s fascinating history before taking in a short guided walk of some of the cemetery’s more notable sites and grand monuments. The cemetery contains the graves of the city’s rich and famous. More recently it’s provided a backdrop for popular films and TV dramas including BBC’s Peaky Blinders.


What will Bradford City Centre look like in ten years from now? Can the top of town be transformed? Will Bradford become a major railway hub once again?
Bradford Civic Society hosted a panel discussion on the plans that are in the pipeline for Bradford over the next decade. On the panel were representatives from Bradford City Council’s Department of Place including Bhupider S Dev, Saira Ali and Tom Jones.

Darley Street debate

A public debate to discuss the future of Darley Street, a once thriving high street left vacant in the wake of the new Broadway development. This was a collaboration in partnership with Bradford Politics in the Pub, and the debate panel included Cllr Alex Ross Shaw, Cllr Simon Cooke, and David Craig of Assembly Bradford