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What happens when the mainstream media doesn’t speak for a community? How do people react when they feel their home town is misrepresented?

For years, people in Bradford have been recording their own histories, forming cultural networks, and creating social change. Their stories show how established media can be bypassed or adapted.

Above the Noise brought together 15 stories from Bradford in a variety of forms—from words and photographs to sound installations and new artworks. We collaborated with people who live and work in the district to explore how communities can shape their experience of the place in which they live.

Above the Noise was part of the Bradford’s National Museum research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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