UK City of Culture 2025: what the finalists have to offer
, 2022-05-30 16:30:31,
With the 2025 UK City of Culture set to be announced, these are the cultural highlights of the four finalists: Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham.
Once the world’s largest silk factory, the mighty Lister’s Mill in Manningham dominates the Bradford skyline.
Designed by architect Samuel Lister, the mill was originally built in 1838 and became part of the city’s internationally renowned, rich textile history.
At its height, the mill employed over 11,000 people who created quality textiles such as velvet and silk. During the Second World War Lister’s Mill also produced real parachute silk, flame-proof wool, khaki battledress and parachute cord.
While the building is no longer a mill, the historic building now has Grade II* listed status as well as luxury rooftop penthouses and commercial units. The Italianate chimney was recently illuminated for a three day light show called The Mills Are Alive in Manningham, telling stories of the area from past and present.
The light show focused on some of Bradford’s history, including the Manningham Mills Strike of 1890, the birth of the Independent Labour Party and arts events; including Bradford Festival and Mela, which attracted more than 200,000 people in its heyday.
Salts Mill, Saltaire
Famous philanthropist and businessman Sir Titus Salt not only built the textile mill, known as Salts Mill, but an entire…
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