In keeping with Bradford's status as UNESCO's first City of Film, we are delighted to share some of the College's own movie magic! We begin with three films and hope to show more soon.

Kent Wing construction and opening

Four decades ago our latest building projects were the subject of two fabulous cine films. These were ambitious Pathé News type productions all done in house, with glorious commentary provided by the Humanities Department.Kent Opening

The first shows the extension of Westbrook Building as Phase B (the Kent Wing) "built especially for high level work of near degree standard" was added. This may appear like a lump of uninspiring concrete now, but at the time represented thrilling progress, incorporating the very latest ideas, technology and tasteful decoration. This film follows the journey through every stage of construction commencing in September 1967. It contains some fascinating footage of bygone Bradford as well as the new wing's progress.

You can watch the film here:

The culmination of all this effort was the official opening of the Kent Wing on 18 May 1971 by HRH the Duchess of Kent. This includes a tour of the new wing, meeting classes, showcasing the new facilities and demonstrating the latest technology. Also shows the land being cleared in preparation for constructing the Randall Well building (recently demolished). 

You can watch the film here:

Visit of Princess Diana to the College’s Fashion Services WorkshopDiana

Previously unseen College footage of HRH Princess Diana’s visit on 4 March 1987 sadly lacks commentary but offers amazing behind the scenes insight into this memorable occasion. ‘Coco’ the clown wall-hanging was made by staff as a gift for Prince William’s nursery. The Princess’ interest in the work creating clothes to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities and the individual attention given to everyone she met makes this film very special.