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The Saltaire Collection was created by the people of Saltaire to tell the unique story of the World Heritage Site.  It has a wealth of information for researchers, schools or anyone who would just like to know more about Saltaire.  The time period covered is from the origins of Saltaire in the 1850’s, with plans for building the village, to the present day. We cover all aspects of work and living in the village, its surrounding area and its international connections, told through books, a variety of documents, maps, plans, art and objects some of which belonged to the Salt family.

The searchable catalogue has over 5000 items, to which we are continually adding more items and more in-depth information.  Search the catalogue for the whole collection which will hopefully inspire you to make an appointment to visit. Please contact us by email and let us know what you are interested in so we can plan your bespoke visit.  If you are not able to visit then please still contact us and we will help you by email.


We have biographies on some of the well known, and less well known, people who helped to found, build and develop Saltaire and also Saltairians who made an impact more widely. Some are shown below but you can see a full list of biographies.

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…

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.…

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, 1876-1968

Family and family home Isabel was the youngest child and only daughter of Titus Salt Junior (youngest son of Sir…

Denys And Eva Salt 1995

Denys Geoffrey Crossley Salt, 1918-2014

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

Dorothy Sharp

Dorothy Sharp was a librarian and one of the founders of the Saltaire Historical Collection. Dorothy and her husband Alan…

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