The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant to Bradford City FC Community Foundation for our project, Unheard Voices. The project aims to document the experiences of the ground's surrounding community of the events of 11th May 1985 at Bradford City Football Stadium.
The project will tell the unheard story of how the local BME community helped people on the day of the tragic fire in 1985, and also the stories of the events of the following days.
The project, which began in February 2016, is led by a steering group who, together with a project manager and staff from Bradford City FC Community Foundation, will recruit and train volunteers in Oral History skills to enable them to get involved in focus groups and workshops for people to share their memories.
We want to gather the memories of people who lived in the local area surrounding the football club in 1985, and also of fans who fled the ground and were helped by the local community. The project will enable these stories to be captured in a short film and a book, and then to be shared.
The tragic fire in 1985 was a key event in the history of the local community, as it was for Bradford City Football Club, its fans, the people of Bradford and the whole sporting community.
The project will enable the unheard stories from that time to be heard and shared.
If you have a story you would like to share, please get in touch with us in the usual way.