During the 19th century, Bradford was at the very centre of the global textile industry. The intensification of textile processing and production within Bradford and the surrounding landscape during the Industrial Revolution resulted in exponential growth and vast prosperity, which transformed a small market town into a pivotal industrial giant. The Industrial Heritage of Bradford remains key to the identity of the city, echoed in the architecture of the city centre, the surrounding townscapes and in the population of the district.
Whilst the Built Heritage of Bradford is of unquestionable importance, it is highly vulnerable and exposed to a variety of risks that can lead to loss of the historic fabric. Threats range from immediate and catastrophic consumption by fire, a slower state of decay and dereliction to vacant properties, as well as intentional acts vandalism, and changes brought through the redevelopment and repurposing of former textile related structures. These threats have highlighted the need to develop a rapid workflow for the documentation of heritage assets under threat to help to mitigate against further loss.
This project was funded as an AHRC Heritage Consortium doctoral studentship to Joe Moore.