Saltaire World Heritage Education Association (SWHEA) was registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Registration no.1158756 in October 2014, formalising a partnership between The Salt Foundation (trustees for Victoria Hall, Salt Building and Exhibition Building), Shipley College (houses the Saltaire Collection and manages four buildings of significance in Saltaire) and Saltaire United Reformed Church (who provide space for and receive thousands of visiting groups).
Our purpose is to advance education, for the public benefit, relating to the industrial heritage of Saltaire in particular:
- For students young and old, whether pupils or students in a course of education. Our priority group are young learners in inner city conurbations.
- For adults researching history
- For tourists wishing to learn more about Saltaire
- To encourage an involvement in and a better understanding of its heritage
- By encouraging further research into the heritage of Saltaire and the impacts of industrial change to add to and enhance the existing historical Archive and the learner experience.
Our regular activities include all aspects of management and conservation of the Saltaire Collection; cataloguing the collection on a professional database; responding to requests for information from students, researchers & historians, holding events such as exhibitions and developing a website to widen access to the collection. We work collaboratively with other organisations and, with the help of local and inner city schools, have developed a range of learning resources for primary, secondary and post-16 learners. We are a member of the Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) for Bradford, and work collaboratively with partners such as Historic England.
SWHEA received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (2016-2019) which has allowed us to employ two people – an archivist and teacher – to bring professional expertise to our work. This funding ceases between September and November 2019.