TMD Friction brings history to life at Bradford Industrial Museum
Cleckheaton-based brake friction manufacturer, TMD Friction, visited Bradford Industrial Museum today to celebrate the progress made on the continuing photographic archive digitisation project.
In recognition of the work undertaken by the photo archive team, and the donation made by TMD Friction, the firm’s CEO, John Hudson, visited with Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio holder for Environment, Sport and Culture and Maggie Pedley, Museums & Galleries Manager.
To help execute the project, TMD Friction donated state-of-the-art photographic and scanning equipment, which allowed the photo archive team to continue processing the prints and negatives currently held in the museum’s archives. The equipment, which has helped to speed up the process, included a Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR Body camera, one Canon lense with two extenders, a 21.5-inch Apple iMac, an A2 lightbox, Capture One image capture software and copy stand equipment.
More than 18,000 of the over 500,000 negatives and prints in the archive are of historical interest to TMD Friction as its Textar, Mintex, Don and Pagid Brands were taken by the commercial photographer, CH Wood & Sons, that were based in Bradford from 1922 – 1970s.
John Hudson, CEO of TMD Friction, said: “Formally known as BBA before becoming part of the global TMD Friction Group, our Cleckheaton-based company still maintains its strong reputation with some of the most famous brands in the market for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorsport and industrial brake applications.
“From the early years of Le Mans, helping the “Bentley Boys” secure five victories during the 1920s and 1930s, pioneering the disc brake that helped Jaguar to a total of five Le Mans wins between 1951 – 1957 and supporting Carlos Sainz to two Rally World Championships, TMD has enjoyed a rich heritage spanning more than 136 years. These monumental moments and many more were captured on the reels of film, and through the support of the Bradford Industrial Museum we’re looking forward to preserving our legacy within the automotive industry.”
The equipment has helped to accelerate the digitisation of the images, which will allow for greater public access to the online archive once complete.
Commenting on the project, Maggie Pedley added: “This partnership has been incredibly beneficial to us. Many images from the archive are already digitised and accessible; the equipment will help us to accelerate the digitising process, allowing for greater public online access to this amazing resource.”