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Our Collection

The Saltaire Collection provides insights to the history and development of Saltaire, as well as its local and international connections. The collection is strong in its coverage of Saltaire’s buildings, people, economy and events. Salts Mill, the business, The Salt and Roberts family, and the village are amongst the highlights

The collection comprises around 6,000 items including paper documents, photographs, maps, plans, newspaper cuttings, artworks, books and objects. The time period covers the 1850s to the present day, with a particular strength in 19th century history.

We are currently updating the catalogue and digitising  more of the collection. During 2019 we will gradually make more available via the online catalogue.


Online exhibition

Learning Resources

Engaging with heritage is essential process for all of us to inform our identity and understand our place in history and the world. It allows us to develop socially, through the debates that these topics inevitably lead to; morally, by considering why we preserve some parts of the past and not others (both good and bad); spiritually, by considering why we feel the past has such intrinsic value; and culturally, by deepening our understanding of where we have come from, why our world is the way it is, and how we can influence the future.

Saltaire provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with heritage. As one of only two World Heritage Sites in Yorkshire (and the only continuously inhabited one), Saltaire allows visitors to engage directly with the past at a site of global cultural significance.

We are determined to support educators in getting the most out of Saltaire. In addition to supporting the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum aims, all our learning resources are designed to satisfy National Curriculum expectations across the curriculum, while also providing an enjoyable experience for students (and, hopefully, teachers too!). We have been working closely with a small number of local and inner-city schools to trial resources and ensure they meet teachers’ and students’ needs.


Upcoming Events


Sir Titus Salt

Sir Titus Salt, 1803-1876

Titus Salt, born in 1803, was initially educated in a ‘dame school’ in Morley (near Leeds), then at Batley Grammar…

Titus Salt Junior

Titus Salt Junior, 1843-1887

Titus Salt Jnr. was the fifth and youngest son of Sir Titus Salt and was aged only 10 years when…

Isabel Salt As A Girl

Isabel Salt, 1876-1968

16 September 1876 - 21 May 1968 Mary Isabel Salt, who was known as Isabel, was the daughter of Catherine…

Sir James Roberts

Sir James Roberts, 1848-1935

James Roberts was a self-made man who rose from humble beginnings to be the owner of Salts Mill and Saltaire.…

Denys And Eva Salt 1995

Denys Geoffrey Crossley Salt

4 May 1918 – 21 December 2014 Denys Salts was the Great-grandson of Sir Titus Salt, Grandson of Titus Salt…

Clive Woods

Clive Woods

Most people in the Village at the turn of this century knew Clive Woods, with his ruddy complexion, bushy beard, ready…


Just a short note to thank you for your help with my archival research into Victorian approaches to town planning. Your knowledge of Saltaire is inspiring and you also provided some valuable resources to support my research. Thank you for all your help.

University Student (Post Graduate, Herefordshire)

 ‘Absolutely fantastic insight into the varied characters and times of the wonderful Saltaire Village’.

‘Excellent – shame it gets hidden away’

‘This is an amazing resource – so glad I got to see it’

Wonderful, look forward to seeing more when it is digitised’

‘Just simply splendid’

‘A fascinating insight’

‘Excellent selection of images’

‘A very moving exhibition – memories of Gramps who lived in Saltaire in the early 1900’a


Exhibition Visitors

[Stromness RNLI 150 years celebration (The Orkney’s- the First Lifeboat was purchased, in part, through the generosity of Sir Titus Salt – as were those in Hull and Scarborough)]

Thank you so much for your information about Saltaire Archive and for the items you were able to send to include on our exhibition information boards. The images are particularly helpful for the display, but we also now know much more about our early benefactor.


I Just wanted to email and say thank you for posting me the Saltaire booklet, I received it yesterday. I also wanted to thank you for letting me come and visit the archives a few weeks ago, my dissertation tutor was very impressed with all the information I had got from visiting, it has been very helpful for my research and for formulating ideas.

University Student (Undergraduate, Leeds)

Thank you so much for your time last Thursday and for the excellent information sent in your e-mail. Both are invaluable to my teaching of the A Level students here at school and I feel very fortunate that you came along last week. There’s a goldmine of information for my students and I don’t feel completely qualified enough to do it justice (whilst keeping it within the confines of the curriculum’s scheme of work) but I will do my very best.

Going forward, you will no doubt hear from me again and you may well hear from one or two of my students should they choose to do their Independent Investigation (mini dissertation) on  Saltaire.

Secondary School Teacher

I just wanted to say how useful and informative it was for us to visit Saltaire archive and see all the materials that relate to the history of the local area. Thank you for the time you took to explain many aspects of the archive. The requirements of the National Curriculum state that our children should develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of local history and understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. The copies of your archive materials will be invaluable in enabling them to do so.

Primary School Headteacher
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