This month’s image is a detail from the programme for the 1882 Opening of the Bradford Technical School by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The “goddess” appears to depict Bradford: she is surrounded by materials of the textile industry, wears a mural crown, and carries a caduceus, to signify Hermes, patron of merchants. Bradford’s industrial buildings appear in the background.
She is July’s image to celebrate the heritage of 175 years of technical, and later higher, education in Bradford. In 1832 the Mechanics’ Institute was founded, which later evolved into the Technical School, then the Technical College, and eventually, after a few more changes, Bradford College and the University of Bradford. This month, Bradford College celebrates the 175th anniversary with a programme of events culminating in an exhibition of “175 Heroes”, including well-known alumni such as David Hockney and Andy Goldsworthy and many other fascinating people. Special Collections staff are delighted to lend medals and certificates from the Bradford Technical College Archive to this exhibition.