By Elspeth Houlding,  PR Officer at the British Science Association



We’ve fallen in love with Yorkshire. Not just because of its beautiful rolling hills, or their love of a good brew, but because this year, the British Science Festival is in Bradford!

Bradford was once the textile capital of the world. During the first half of the 19th century, the city was transformed from a small market town into a city with a buzzing woollen textile industry. Picturesque green, hilly landscape becoming home to monstrous mills and chimneys.

For Yorkshire day, we’re celebrating Bradford’s textile past with tantalising textile-themed events at the British Science Festival!

Uncover how we think about and talk about the colourful world around us with ‘Talking colour’ as the Society of Dyers and Colourists opens its doors for an interactive evening of colourful fun.

Discover the secret recipe for the mysterious of Turkey red dye in The secret chemistry of art: unravelling an age-old textile mystery’. Hear how scientists are using historical texts and cutting edge chemistry to unravel this age-old mystery.

Join us for an evening of music, demonstrations and hands-on activities at the UK’s largest Asian department store in ‘From Bombay to Bradford’. This celebration of Asian culture will include a fashion show and sari demonstrations, as well as the chance to learn about different dyes and fabrics used in Asian fashion.

This Yorkshire day, the North Parade area of Bradford is hosting a street party, and during the Festival, the area will host 'Transformations: North Parade after dark’, with a wide range of creative activities, performances and exhibitions. Come and experience a different side to the city.


Or discover Bradford’s latest scientific research:

Hear the latest findings from the Born in Bradford’ study following over 13,000 children born in Bradford. Find out what this ground-breaking project can teach us about the influence of exercise and the environment on our children’s health and put your questions to the experts involved.

Examine Bradford’s current political values, attitudes and behaviours based on data collected around the 2015 general election with Bradford at the polls. Find out how this research can help us involve diverse communities in the political process in our increasingly multicultural society.

This summer, residents of Saltaire, Bradford, took to the streets to measure the air quality in their town. Join researchers from the University of Leeds to hear the initial results, and discover the tiny airborne particles that can have a large impact on our health in ‘The air in Saltaire’.


Celebrate Yorkshire and see a totally different side of Bradford at the British Science Festival!

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