Bradford Industrial Museum and Home of Horses at Work explores the historyof the textile industry in Bradford. The museum is housed in buildings that once made up Moorside Mills.T his mill was typical of Bradford's textile industry and its story reflects the social changes that were happening across the country in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Moorside Mill opened in 1875 and grew into a medium sized factory, employing around 100 people. Like most mills in Bradford, it concentrated on just one process; Moorside was a spinning mill, which prepared worsted yarn for weaving. Originally powered by steam engines, Moorside Mills was converted to electricity in the early 20th Century. The mill saw its most rapid growth during the First World War when worsted was needed in huge quantities for military uniforms. People came to work at Moorside Mill from the North of England, and also from Ireland, Eastern Europe and Asia. Like other mills, Moorside also employed many child workers.
The mill ceased production in 1970 and the buildings were put up for sale. At this time, many local mills were closing and valuable machinery was being scrapped. Bradford Corporation bought Moorside Mills to house an industrial museum that would preserve Bradford's important industrial heritage.