The Saltaire Archive

This unique collection owned by Shipley College and managed by volunteers, providing insights to the history and development of Saltaire.

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.

The collection includes:

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 files
  • 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 photograph

Salt Family Collection (Sir Titus Salt built the Mill and Village in 1853) Examples Include:

  • 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) Examples include:

  • Family Photographs, maps and plans
  • Mortgage documents, birth and marriage certificates
  • Ledgers, business letter books, Shipley and Baildon rent book 

Artefacts, Examples Include:

  • 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
  • Saltaire Stories

This 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.

Download the: Saltaire Archive Leaflet

Would you consider “adopting” a Saltaire Archive box?

150 boxes need sponsors to assist long-term care.
Your name will be recorded in a special Sponsors Ledger.
Contact: Carole Moss on:


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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.

To see the collection of items held in the Saltaire Archive you can arrange individual access is by arrangement. It is not a drop-in facility. However the Archive is closed to visitors at present while essential work is carried out including extensive care and cataloguing work takes place, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Please get in touch if you would like to make a donation of archive material or a monetary donation, or have time to volunteer.

You are welcome to contact our Volunteer Archivists via our email:

We will do our best to answer or advise on any enquiries.

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Postal address: 
Saltaire Stories/SWHEA
Shipley College (Resource Centre)
Victoria Road, Shipley BD18 3LQ

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