Bradford Local Studies Library is set to kick off a series of complimentary Autumn talks commencing next week.

Join esteemed local historian and cartography expert, Derek Barker, in the inaugural session, promising a distinctive insight into how delving into the study of historical maps and blueprints can serve as a wellspring of inspiration and elucidation for researching facets of Bradford’s bygone eras.

The illustrated discourse, titled ‘Central Bradford Chapels – and what they have taught me’, is scheduled for Thursday, 28th September, at Bradford Local Studies Library, housed in the Margaret McMillan Tower (accessible from the side entrance) on Princes Way, BD1 1NN.

Doors will swing open at 1pm, with the proceedings kicking off promptly at 1.15pm. Post the talk, at 2pm, an array of artefacts from the collections at Bradford Local Studies Library and West Yorkshire Archives, Bradford will be on public display.

Subsequent talks are slated for the final Thursday of each month. For forthcoming event particulars, please visit our website at

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, enthused, “For anyone with an interest in the history of our astounding city, the Local Studies Library and West Yorkshire Archives, Bradford provide an excellent locale to convene, find inspiration, and peruse the collections up close.”

In the wake of the triumphant lecture series commemorating the 150th anniversary of Bradford’s libraries in 2022, Bradford Local Studies Library, West Yorkshire Archives, and the ‘FoBALS’ (Friends of Bradford Archives and Local Studies) have come together to offer these cost-free events.

For further details or to reserve a spot, kindly reach out to Bradford Local Studies Library via telephone at 01274 433688 or by emailing