Today the Bradford Bulls rugby league heritage group have been visiting Heritage Quay. The group are working on a project called ‘Birch Lane Heroes’ focussing on Bradford players, and other people connected with the club, in the First World War.
As part of this project the group have been working to research the club’s history using records in the Rugby Football League Archive. This has included viewing minutes and registers of players to uncover the history of Bradford Northern, as the club was then known, in World War One.
The group have also been applying their expert knowledge of rugby league history by identifying players, referees and stadiums in some of the hundreds of photographs of rugby league matches. All of the photographs are in protective sleeves so we’ve been using a simple, but very effective, system of post-it notes for identification which we’ll transfer to the electronic catalogue for everyone to use.