The Mills Are Alive in Manningham

The Mills Are Alive in Manningham was an epic projection show, which illuminated Lister Mills’ chimney on 3rd, 4th and 5th March 2022.

The projections took audiences on a journey of wonder and learning, telling stories of those who have called Bradford home through generations, from the industrial revolution through to present day.

The show touched on iconic political and social movements, the birth of Bradford Festival and Bradford Mela Festival, reflections of contemporary Manningham, and local school children’s imaginings for the future of the mill.

Showcasing archive footage, music, and original photographs, The Mills Are Alive was an immersive experience which inspired and ignited passion for heritage, mills and the Bradford District.

The project was produced by The Brick Box with projections created by The Projection Studio.

Alongside the projection events, The Brick Box worked with a number of community organisations and local residents to record oral histories and stories connected to Manningham Mills and Bradford.

Download the executive summary of The Mills Are Alive in Manningham Evaluation Report here.


The Mills Are Alive in Manningham is part of a longer term programme of work all about Bradford District’s beautiful, historical architectural assets.

As part of a working group with partners including Bradford Council, Bradford Producing Hub, Bradford 2025 and Historic England, we are interested in visioning and planning for the creative future of Bradford’s mills.

Through creativity and collaboration, we want to highlight, repurpose and open up community ownership for these important buildings so they can play a key role in Bradford’s future just as they did in its past.