Statue of Bradford education pioneer William Forster could return to city centre

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The William Forster statue being inspected by conservation specialist Iain McLean The William Forster statue being inspected by conservation specialist Iain McLean

The future of an iconic Bradford statue looks bright after a conservation specialist was brought in to make it beautiful again.

The William Forster statue is currently being examined to see how much work might be needed to bring it back to its former glory.

The statue of the renowned education pioneer has been kept in storage since being removed from its location in Forster Square nine years ago.

But the plan is for it to be restored to its former glory in readiness for being installed close to one of the main entrances of the new Westfield shopping centre.

It will face the shopping centre once it is built and will be seen against the backdrop of St Peter’s House as people leave Westfield and head towards Little Germany.

Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green spoke of the statue’s importance to the city.

He said: "We are all looking forward to seeing the William Forster statue see daylight again. We have brought in a conservation specialist to ensure the statue is kept in good condition. It is a very important landmark for the city and holds a special place in the hearts of many Bradfordians.” William Forster was born in Dorset, but made a name for himself in the woollen manufacturing industry in Bradford, where he also became an MP.

He was largely responsible for the 1870 Elementary Education Act, which was the first National Education Act in this country.

Forster Square in Bradford was also named after him.

The statue was removed in 2004 as part of the Connecting the City infrastructure programme to allow the Broadway shopping development to go ahead.

The painstaking removal of the statue by contractors was watched by thousands of people as they passed through the city.

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7:04am Fri 27 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Will he be pointing to Leeds?
Will he be pointing to Leeds? Albion.

8:35am Fri 27 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Must have been a great man in his his time.
If he came back what would he think I wonder.
Must have been a great man in his his time. If he came back what would he think I wonder. Joedavid

8:43am Fri 27 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Will Barra Mac Ruairi get a statue I see he is leaving us with a long list of successes in Bradford in another article which has no commenting.
Will Barra Mac Ruairi get a statue I see he is leaving us with a long list of successes in Bradford in another article which has no commenting. Joedavid

12:40pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

^^^^ this


What a great Christmas present and start to the new year.

Please do not appoint another wet rag in his place. Regeneration my harris, total destruction and managed decline
^^^^ this What a great Christmas present and start to the new year. Please do not appoint another wet rag in his place. Regeneration my harris, total destruction and managed decline Prisoner Cell Block A

8:14pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Steve30d says...

I best get out quick and get a photo of those pictures done by primary school children nearly 10 years ago. You know the ones which say stuff like "Building a better Bradford". Any of those kids still around? Most will have finished education by now. Wonder how they feel about the whole fiasco.
I best get out quick and get a photo of those pictures done by primary school children nearly 10 years ago. You know the ones which say stuff like "Building a better Bradford". Any of those kids still around? Most will have finished education by now. Wonder how they feel about the whole fiasco. Steve30d

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