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“A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.”

National Curriculum in England: History Programmes of Study

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Bradford and District Local Studies

The Local Studies Library houses a unique and comprehensive collection that covers the history and development of the area now covered by Bradford Council. There are two main centres in the district, one at Bradford and one at Keighley.

The Local Studies Library aims to provide a safe repository for the collection of sources for the study of local and family history and to make this collection accessible to all users by offering advice on its use.



Black history timeline for Bradford

In 2020/21 following the Black Lives Matter campaign and debates about statues of historical figures with direct links to slavery, Bradford Council commissioned an external review. This review involved key members of Bradford’s communities examining the district’s monuments and statues.

A recommendation of the review was to make Bradford’s Black History more visible so that people could learn about the long history of black people in our community and the contribution they have made to our society.

This website aims to give a broad overview of Black History in Britain and Bradford. It is not a complete record but provides a framework to be filled out with more detail and further information about Bradford’s rich Black History. It is a starting point for learning, further research, and local Black history projects.



Monuments Review

The Historical Statues of Bradford information.


Heritage resources

The heritage schools programme helps teachers make effective use of local heritage resources and connects heritage providers with schools.

Museum activities

The museums and schools programme provide educational museum visits for school pupils in areas with lower than average cultural engagement.

Holocaust education (secondary)

Holocaust education continuing professional development (CPD) is designed to help teachers develop their skills and confidence to improve Holocaust teaching. Trainee teachers or teachers in state-funded secondary schools in England can access Holocaust education CPD.

Lesson from Auschwitz (post-16)

Lessons from Auschwitz is an experience-based course for students that explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance today. All students in post-16 education in state-funded schools and colleges in England can take part. A coordinating teacher must apply on behalf of the students.

The Historical Association

The Association state:

The Historical Association offers unparalleled access to a rich subject community that can support teacher development from initial teacher training through to NQT and RQT, to experienced class teachers and subject leaders.

Working closely with the best national and international expertise available, particularly academic historians and specialists in teaching practice, we help teachers develop the strong subject knowledge and pedagogical grounding they need to construct a robust, coherent and inclusive curriculum.

Through our journals, training courses, digital publications, social media and face-to-face networks, Quality Mark and Chartered Teacher designation and fully-funded Teacher Fellowship Programmes, we ensure high quality history is underpinned with effective disciplinary understanding.