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In 2001, Saltaire became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is an almost intact and well preserved mid-19th Century industrial town, which reflects philanthropic paternalism and the important role played by the textile industry in economic and social development at the time.

It is one of only two World Heritage Sites in Yorkshire and is on your doorstep. It is designated as such because of the international importance of its place in enabling understanding of both the Victorian era and the shift from rural economies to industrial economies that changed the United Kingdom for all time.

Bring your students’ learning to life through using the Saltaire Collection of historical documents, images and objects. Saltaire is a lens on

  • Bradford’s past industrial might
  • Migration from overseas to gain employment in the City
  • Technological and creative innovation
  • Global trade
  • Emergent ideas about the need for a Welfare State
  • Town planning
  • Architecture

The Saltaire Collection is a source of inspiration and enchantment; rich with local and global history.  Our extensive curriculum and project-based learning resources provide opportunities for learners of all ages to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the unique heritage of Saltaire as well as their own cultural literacy.

Although all the activities are cross referenced with specific Key Stages, Key Performance Indicators and Assessment Objectives, they are also FUN and will encourage a life-long love of learning and self-motivated research-based inquiry, both inside and outside the classroom.

Designed to complement visits to Saltaire, the digitised elements of the collection will provide sources for teachers and learners to prepare for visits and continue learning afterwards.

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