The Dining Hall served many purposes during the early years of Saltaire. In addition to serving 600 breakfasts and 700 dinners every day, it doubled as a school for ‘half-timers’, children who would work in the mill during the morning, then attend school in the afternoon. It also served as a meeting hall, library, reading room and a venue for religious services. As Saltaire grew, these functions were provided by the purpose-built Salt Schools, the Institute, the Congregational Church and the Methodist Chapel.
Today, the Dining Hall is owned by Shipley College, following a major refurbishment and conversion in 1998. While the interior has been modified to make suitable for lessons, the changes are entirely reversible.