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Romany's Caravan
Bradford Industrial Museum

'Romany' was a well-known naturalist and radio broadcaster, famous for his Out With Romany programmes.

He was also the Revd G Bramwell Evens, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, born in Hull in 1884. In 1921 he bought a 'vardo' (a gypsy living wagon) at Brough Hill Fair, Cumbria, and it became the 'base camp' for his many adventures in real-life as well as in his books and broadcasts.

Evens served in circuits in Huddersfield (1926–29) and Halifax (1929–39), both towns not far from Bradford, before ill-health forced him to give up his
ministry. He died in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in 1943, having moved there four years earlier to be near the BBC's Manchester studios.

The vardo remained in a memorial garden in Wilmslow until 2012, when it was moved, following major restoration, to its present secure, indoor location. The living wagon is on full-time display in the stables opposite the main museum building, but occasionally this shed is closed in extreme weather conditions, eg a heavy snowfall, to protect the objects. See also Romany in Cumbria.

Additional visitor information
Free parking
Indoor picnic area


Romany's Caravan

Moorside Mills
Moorside Road
Eccleshill
Bradford
BD2 3HP

Opening
Free admission. Tues–Fri 10am–4pm; Sat & Sun
11am – 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day,
New Year's Day, Good Friday and Mondays except
Bank Holidays.

Contact
Curator, Social History & Technology
Tel: 01274 435900
Email: industrial.museum@bradford.gov.uk
Website: www.bradfordmuseums.org

Getting there
OS: SE184350
Car: In north-east Bradford, signposted from Ring Road and Harrogate Road (A658).


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