The Saltaire Archive

This unique collection owned by Shipley College provides insights to the history and development of Saltaire. Volunteers and members of the Saltaire History Club are actively involved in the archive, which is managed under the guidance of the Archivist.
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 Logo

Saltaire Stories 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.

SWHEA works alongside other organisations and individuals to promote educational use of the World Heritage Site. In 2017 Saltaire Stories received significant Heritage Lottery funding to increase access to the archive.

Saltaire Archive welcomes visitors and researchers by prior appointment.

We are open Thursdays and Fridays, 10-12, 12.30-4pm and based in the

Shipley College Learning Resource Centre
(second floor of the Exhibition Building).
Victoria Road, Shipley BD18 3LQ

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:

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