Location / Subject Research

Location/Subject Research
Subject: Bretton Hall at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Subject Choice Rationale:

Bretton Hall is changing. Proposed, approved and commenced changes to the historic Hall and its associated buildings and hostels brings a closure to the Hall’s several decades history of connection to the teaching of the arts.

A hotel and conferencing centre is to be built on the grounds.

The subject choice has an autobiographical interest link due to being the location of a school trip in 1984 and having a relative who had a small connection via teacher training requirements.

As a mature arts student there is an interest in the shifting nature of education, arts and commercial interests in the local area.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP)

The YSP is an established arts location in Yorkshire, set in the grounds of Bretton Hall.

Bretton Hall

Bretton Hall  – Reproduced for educational purposes, (Wakefield Council Web Archives, Bretton Hall)


Bretton Hall was “purchased by Wakefield Council in 2007”, [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/6463855.stm], following a decision by Leeds University to withdraw from use of the location.


BBC News Article – Purchase of Bretton Hall http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/6463855.stm [Last accesssed 15/10/2016]

Wakefield Council – A History of Bretton Hall (To access archives press ‘go’ next to archive search entry that generates upon click through)[https://web.archive.org/web/20131114005848/http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/CultureAndLeisure/ParksAndOpenSpaces/BrettonCountryPark/BrettonHall.htm – Last accessed 15/10/2016]