View of the Undercliffe Cemetery Promenade

Listen to our Stories
Thinking about WW1 at Undercliffe Cemetery

PROGRAMME
FRIDAY 11 JULY 2014

9.30: Event opens

10.00: Welcome from Allan Hillary, Chair Undercliffe Cemetery Charity

10.00 - 10.30: Hanson Academy Choir

10.45: Remarks by Mr. R. Whittaker, Deputy Lord Lieutenant

11.00 - 12.15: Meet the Recruiting Sergeant - Main Promenade by the lawns who will escort you to the Gazebo for the performance “Undercliffe; Over by Christmas” A play in two Acts

12.15 - 1.30: Lunch and then free time to visit stalls & activities | Short Guided Tours - visits to graves of Service Personnel

1.00 - 1.30: Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr. Roger L’Amie will be in attendance

1.30 - 2.00: Hanson Academy Choir

2.00: Guided Tours of WW1 graves

2.45: Readings from the Poetree

3.00: Event Closes

ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT DAY

  • New Booklet and Guided Tours - “Listen to Our Stories”
  • Tommy Teaches - authentic PALS Uniform - facts and information on WW1 (Friday only)
  • YMCA Tea Tent and Exhibition
  • Peace Museum - poppy making & Then and Now story telling sessions
  • Poetree - poetry and reflections
  • Families tent - photographs, stories, memorabilia
  • Angelina’s Café in the Lodge
  • Undercliffe Cemetery Charity stall - books, cards, DVD, volunteering info, WW1 graves project.
  • Listen to our Stories
    Thinking about WW1 at Undercliffe Cemetery

    PROGRAMME
    SATURDAY 12 & SUNDAY 13 JULY 2014

    11.00: Event opens | Welcome from Allan Hillary, Chair Undercliffe Cemetery Charity

    11.15 | 11.45 | 12.00: Guided Tour: “Listen to Our Stories” Remembering WW1 at Undercliffe Cemetery. Tours will start at these times and last for approx. 1 hour duration

    12.45 - 1.15: Lord Mayor & Lady Mayoress of Bradford, Cllr. Mike Gibbons in attendance

    1.00: Remarks by Mr. R. Whittaker, Deputy Lord Lieutenant

    1.30 - 2.45: Meet the Recruiting Sergeant - Main Promenade by the lawns who will escort you to the Gazebo for the performance “Undercliffe; Over by Christmas”. A play in two Acts

    3.00: Castaways Community Choir

    4.00: Readings from the Poetree

    4.15: Event Closes

    ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT DAY

  • New Booklet and Guided Tours - “Listen to Our Stories”
  • YMCA Tea Tent and Exhibition
  • Peace Museum - poppy making & Then and Now story telling sessions - Stories in Stone - Conscientious Objectors
  • Families tent - photographs, stories, memorabilia
  • Angelina’s Café in the Lodge
  • Undercliffe Cemetery Charity stall - books, cards, DVD, volunteering info, WW1 graves project.
  • Plant stall
  • Poetree - poetry and reflections
  • World War One at Undercliffe Cemetery

    World War One at Undercliffe Cemetery

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    Undercliffe Cemetery welcomes you...

    The trustees, staff, volunteers and members of Undercliffe Cemetery Charity welcome you to the website of Yorkshire’s historic Undercliffe Cemetery situated close to Bradford city centre.

    Undercliffe Cemetery was opened in 1854, contains 23,000 graves and holds a total of 124,000 burials. The Cemetery offers unrivalled opportunities to appreciate the finest examples of Victorian funerary art set within the original design of this 26 acre parkland.  Undercliffe offers good vantage points and fine panoramic views across the city of Bradford and out over the Aire Valley.

    On a recent Radio 4 documentary Dr. Julien Litten, a noted authority on funerary history places Undercliffe at the zenith of British cemeteries.  He calls it an enigmatic place which evokes awe, mystery and wonder.
    Listen to the full feature broadcast on Radio 4's Excess Baggage, 11 April 2009

    The Cemetery is now managed by Undercliffe Cemetery Charity in partnership with Bradford Metropolitan District Council and our work includes:

  • Heritage - conservation and research
  • Education -  activities including themed tours with schools, colleges, community
  • Restoration – access to neglected areas and grounds maintenance
  • Ecology – planting, horticultural work and environmental projects
  • Burials: Undercliffe is still a working cemetery and our website includes further details of burials, memorials and plots.

    As well as being a unique heritage site Undercliffe Cemetery offers an important parkland space for local people and visitors, which includes good wildlife habitats for a wide range of flora and fauna.

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