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About Bradford

Bradford is a city located in West Yorkshire in the foothills of the Pennines and is approximately 9 miles to the west of Leeds and 15 miles to the north west of Wakefield. The city rose to prominence during the Industrial Revolution as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. The city's proximity to a supply of coal, iron ore and soft water facilitated the growth of Bradford's manufacturing base. Coupled with the increasing importance of its textile industry, Bradford's population exploded which in turn led to a rapid increase in investment in the city which is why the city has a large number of listed Victorian architecture including the grand Italiante City Hall.

The textile sector in Bradford fell into decline from the mid-20th century. Since this time, Bradford has emerged as a tourist destination, becoming the first UNESCO City of Film with attractions such as the National Media Museum, Bradford City Park, the Alhambra theatre and Cartwright Hall.

Forster Square Shopping Park opened in 1995 and is adjacent to the Forster Square Railway Station and includes over 20 large retail and food outlets. Bradford Forster Square railway station is one of two main line railway stations serving the city. The other is Bradford Interchange.

About Manchester

The city of Manchester is located in north west England and is roughly 160 miles from London and has a number of museums and galleries that celebrate its rich industrial heritage, its Roman history, the women's suffrage movement and sport. There is a reconstructed part of the Roman fort of Mamucium which is located in the Castlefield area of the city and is open to the public. The Museum of Science and Industry, which is located in the former Liverpool Road railway station, and has a large collection of steam locomotives, industrial machinery, aircraft and a replica of the world's first stored computer program. Nearby Trafford Park is home to the Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester Museum has acclaimed Egyptology and natural history collections.

To the south of the city centre, and adjoining the campus of the University of Manchester, is the Whitworth Art Gallery which displays modern art, sculpture and textiles. The gallery focuses on modern artists, and the art collections include works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ford Madox Brown, Eduardo Paolozzi, Francis Bacon, William Blake, David Hockney, L. S. Lowry, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, and a fine collection of works by J.M.W. Turner.