While I was back North, I spent a day in Bradford, which has a variety of free museums run by the council. Being a bit of an engineering nerd naturally meant that the Industrial Museum was first on the list. They have a variety of machines, many of which are kept in working order and run throughout the day.
After exploring the steam engines, there is a section dedicated to the evolution of the printing press, and how the process was gradually automated and optimised.
Historically, Bradford had a booming textiles industry, with much of the region’s wealth created by making the ironically-named ‘worsted’, which is actually a fine wool fabric used in top-quality clothing. The museum still has a fully-functioning set of mill machines demonstrating the entire process, which are run at various points during the day.
Unfortunately we missed these machines being run, but they make a hell of a sound when they’re all going!
The museum also has a resident cat, which was perfectly happy wandering around the stables and outside galleries, and certainly not shy…
Unfortunately photography wasn’t allowed inside the hall, but I did sneak a shot of this light shade that caught my attention on the way out.
All these museums are free, and if you’re planning a trip to Bradford I’d definitely recommend checking out the museums website, and if you haven’t been before, you must include a trip to the amazing National Media Museum, which is also free!