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The Saltaire Archive
JR Photography & Saltaire Stories)
A unique collection, owned by Shipley College and managed by volunteers, providing insights to the history and development of Saltaire.
Overview of the Collection Held in The UNSECO World Heritage Site of Saltaire
Books, research papers, pamphlets and DVDS - on the open shelves, some available for loan.
- Publications about Sir Titus Salt and Salts Mill
- Souvenir guides from the 1870s onwards
- Television documentaries/travelogues
- Projects by university and college students
- Personal Memory file
Newscuttings about aspects of Saltaire/Shipley from the 1980s onwards.
Maps and Plans covering Saltaire, Shipley and Bradford dating back before the founding of the village in 1853
Architectural plans/drawings of village buildings
Photographs and illustrations featuring Saltaire buildings, people and community events.
- 1960s Salts sample books/catalogues
- Salts Mill works’ publications, posters etc.
- Salts High School posters and photographs
Salt Family Collection (Sir Titus Salt built the Mill and Village in 1853)
- Family portraits and photographs
- Original drawings by Titus Salt as a boy
- Birth, marriage and death certificates
- Copies of the Wills of Daniel Salt and Titus Salt
Roberts Family Collection (Sir James Roberts took over Salts Mill in 1893)
- Family Photographs, maps and plans
- Mortgage documents, birth and marriage certificates
- Ledgers, business letter books, Shipley and Baildon rent book
- Bobbins, tools, samples of wool and cloth from Salts Mill,
- China, glass and other mementos from the 1887
- Royal Yorkshire Jubilee Exhibition in Saltaire
- Items from Salts High School
Is the education programme of Saltaire World Heritage Education Association (charity no.1158756). SWHEA was formed by three partner organisations, the Salt Foundation, Shipley College, and Saltaire United Reformed Church. It works alongside other organisations and individuals to promote educational use of the World Heritage Site.
In 2015 Shipley College signed an agreement for Saltaire Stories to manage the Saltaire Archive. Skilled volunteer archivists, many of whom have used the Archive for many years as individual researchers, now care for it on a daily basis. Members of the Saltaire History Club are actively involved.
The Saltaire Archive
- The Archive has grown over many years and now belongs to Shipley College. Public exhibitions are held as often as possible.
- A small range of items is currently displayed in the ‘People and Process’ exhibition at Salts Mill.
- Individual access is by arrangement. It is not a drop-in facility.
- Please get in touch if you would like to make a donation of archive material or a monetary donation, or have time to volunteer.
The Archive is closed to visitors at present.
Extensive care and cataloguing work is underway, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Postal address: Saltaire Stories/SWHEA
Shipley College (Resource Centre)
Victoria Road, Shipley BD18 3LQ
Download the: Saltaire Archive Leaflet