Coming in 2020 —

The Illustration House Concept

A creative, collaborative, inspirational workspace to think and share great ideas.

From a creative past – to a creative future!

In 1870, Bamforth & Co Ltd a publishing, film and illustration company, was established in Holmfirth. The company started making silent monochrome films with the Riley Brothers of Bradford and by 1915, they had made in excess of 100 silent movies, surpassing Hollywood in quantity and quality.

In 1910, they started making their most famous products to date – illustrated ‘saucy’ seaside postcards all the way up to 1980s.

In 1988, the Bamforth building closed its doors for the last time and laid derelict for over 30 years (almost crumbling into the hillside).

After 5 years of renovation by the new owners (the Carr family), the building is due to reopen in early 2020, 140 years after it was first used for creative purposes back in 1870.

Redbak was invited to make the building their new home and to look at how the building can regain its stature as the creative hub of Holmfirth and surrounding areas. Redbak’s idea was to start by renaming it “Illustration House”. This will begin the process of a new concept for the building which will bring a collaborative, creative and community focused environment for businesses both local and from further afield…

…an environment to be creative, to be inspired and to share ideas.

Want to know more?

Coming in 2020 —

The Illustration House Concept

A creative, collaborative, inspirational workspace to think and share great ideas.

From a creative past – to a creative future!

In 1870, Bamforth & Co Ltd a publishing, film and illustration company, was established in Holmfirth. The company started making silent monochrome films with the Riley Brothers of Bradford and by 1915, they had made in excess of 100 silent movies, surpassing Hollywood in quantity and quality.

In 1910, they started making their most famous products to date – illustrated ‘saucy’ seaside postcards all the way up to 1980s.

In 1988, the Bamforth building closed its doors for the last time and laid derelict for over 30 years (almost crumbling into the hillside).

After 5 years of renovation by the new owners (the Carr family), the building is due to reopen in early 2020, 140 years after it was first used for creative purposes back in 1870.

Redbak was invited to make the building their new home and to look at how the building can regain its stature as the creative hub of Holmfirth and surrounding areas. Redbak’s idea was to start by renaming it “Illustration House”. This will begin the process of a new concept for the building which will bring a collaborative, creative and community focused environment for businesses both local and from further afield…

…an environment to be creative, to be inspired and to share ideas.

Want to know more?

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Never Stand Still

#holmfirthhistory
#creativeholmfirth
#afreshstart
#co-working
#creativehub
#eventspace
#strategyworkshops
#thinkitout
#collaboration
#meetingspace
#problemsolving
#thinkroom
#greatideas
#neverstandstill

Never Stand Still