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Bradford Council staff are making special preparations inside City Hall to welcome the public to the historic building over the summer.

Volunteers have been recruited to help visitors on ‘Sneaky Peek’ tours and the museums and galleries staff are putting together special displays which will bring to life punctuation points in Bradford’s history.

The displays will be on different points along the self-guided route, and will include objects which represent the district’s textile and engineering heritage.

Other preparations include the repositioning of the magnificent balsa wood scale model of the building to show it off to its full advantage.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture, said: "Sneaky Peeks are part of the Council’s commitment to open up City Hall more to the public, recognising that the iconic city centre building is part of every Bradfordian’s heritage as well as being of interest to visitors from further afield.

"We hope visitors will enjoy looking around some magnificent rooms of City Hall not normally open to the public and learning something of our unique history."

An additional project to make City Hall more accessible to everyone will be the 'Under the Clock' Police Museum which opens in August in another part of City Hall which still retains the old police cells.

Martin Baines, chair of Under the Clock, said: "The new police museum will offer a unique insight into the history of policing in Bradford from the 19th century onwards. We hope people will enjoy guided tours of the original cells in City Hall as well as a walk through the court room used as a set location by ITV’s Coronation Street."

Following refurbishment of ground floor rooms in City Hall, the Register Office will move from Manor Row to City Hall in October, bringing the building firmly back into public life.

The Sneaky Peek openings will start on Wednesday, 6 August and be every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm and on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon until 11 September 2014.

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