The Saltaire Archive

This unique collection provides insights to the history and development of Saltaire. It is managed by volunteers under the guidance of the Archivist.

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.



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In 2015 Shipley College signed an agreement for Saltaire Stories to manage the Saltaire Archive. Volunteers and members of the Saltaire History Club are actively involved.

Saltaire Archive welcomes visitors and researchers by prior appointment. We are open Thursdays and Fridays, 10-4, and based in the Learning Resource Centre (second floor of the Exhibition Building).

We are actively seeking volunteers. Please get in touch if you have any questions about voluntary roles.

For all enquiries contact the Archivist via email:

For more information see:

 Postal address: 

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

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