Bradford’s Peace Museum is set to undergo a significant relocation as it prepares to reopen in the historic Salts Mill, situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. The move, supported by a generous grant of £245,651 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will provide the museum with a larger space to showcase its extensive collection. The new museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public in the summer of 2024, just ahead of Bradford’s anticipated City of Culture year in 2025.
Previously housed in Piece Hall Yard, located in the heart of Bradford city centre, the Peace Museum has been a vital institution since its establishment in 1998. As the only museum in the UK dedicated solely to peace, it houses a wealth of captivating artefacts that span decades of the peace movement. Its collection includes protest banners, flags, and posters that have played a significant role in promoting peace. The museum also actively engages with schools, conducting projects that delve into thought-provoking topics such as conscientious objection and the use of animals during times of war.
The relocation to Salts Mill represents a transformative chapter for the Peace Museum, as expressed by Clive Barrett, Chair of Trustees. He remarked, “This project will be transformational for The Peace Museum. We’re delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are extremely excited about the opportunity to make the history of peace accessible to everybody. With Bradford being named City of Culture for 2025, we’ll have the chance to welcome visitors from all corners of the globe to our brand-new museum in the heart of the district.”
The National Lottery Heritage Fund, recognizing the significance of this endeavour, commended the museum’s commitment to sharing its remarkable collections within the renowned Salts Mill. Helen Featherstone, Director, England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, expressed her belief in the power of heritage to bring communities together, foster local pride, and contribute to the growth of the local economy. She stated, “We know that heritage can play a huge role in bringing people together and creating a sense of pride in local communities, and in turn boosting the local economy, and this work by The Peace Museum is sure to be a perfect example of that.”
Property solicitor and head of LCF Law’s real estate department, Harriet Thornton, provided invaluable guidance to The Peace Museum throughout the process of securing its new premises at Salts Mill. She expressed her privilege in collaborating with the museum and emphasized the accessibility and visitor attraction that the new location will bring. Thornton eagerly anticipates the museum’s grand opening next summer.
As Bradford prepares to assume its role as City of Culture in 2025, the relocation of The Peace Museum to Saltaire’s iconic setting in Salts Mill will undoubtedly contribute to the enrichment of both locals and tourists alike. With its expanded space and engaging exhibits, the museum aims to extend its reach and create a lasting impact on peace education and historical awareness.