Bradford joins Great Exhibition bidders

NMM will be core of bid, says council


Bradford has become the latest northern city to announce its bid to host the Great Northern Exhibition.

Council leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe says the National Media Museum will be the anchor for the exhibition with support from venues including City Hall, St George’s Hall and Alhambra Theatre.

The two-month event was announced last year by Chancellor George Osborne and is designed to showcase art, culture and design in the North of England to national and international audiences. It is seen as part of the government’s Northern Powerhouse policies. The Government has promised to pay £5m towards the exhibition itself and a further £15m into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment.

Arup, the global engineering consultancy, is advising the Bradford team on the venues and logistics of handling thousands of visitors a day.

Cllr Hinchcliffe, Council Leader, said: “We are fortunate in Bradford to have such a perfect stage for an event as ambitious as the Great Exhibition of the North.

“We are proud to have a cultural asset as strong as the National Media Museum as well as some of the grandest Victorian venues in the country.

“Being in the heart of the North we are well connected with other cities.”

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director at the National Media Museum, said the exhibition would showcase the NMM’s £1.8m new interactive gallery.

Halifax, Newcastle and Harrogate have already put their names forward as bidders for the exhibition.

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