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Welcome to Saltaire Stories: Past, Present and Future.

This site gives a brief introduction to Saltaire World Heritage Site in West Yorkshire, UK and to the aims of the Saltaire Stories project developed by Saltaire World Heritage Education Association.

Our long-term vision includes the creation of an educational website for the Saltaire Archive, accompanied by a wide range of learning resources.

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Adopt a Box today!

Thanks to all who have contributed already to the “Adopt a Box” scheme launched on 25th August.   Saltaire Stories invites local businesses, residents, individuals, families and community groups to support the Saltaire Archive by becoming adopters.

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A business breakfast at Salts Mill was a very pleasant way to launch the scheme

Each box in the Archive holds items ranging from private papers of the Salt and Roberts families to personal collections donated by people who lived in the village and/or worked in the Mill.

The Archive is owned by Shipley College, in trust for the community. Volunteer archivists care for thousands of documents, images and artefacts (further details on the Saltaire Archive page of this website).

Original documents are among the Archive’s treasures

This year, thanks to Heritage Lottery funding for the Saltaire Stories project, archive consultants have worked alongside the volunteers.

Saltaire Stories aims to secure further Heritage Lottery funding to get key aspects of the Archive accessible on line.

You can help to make the Archive accessible to people wanting to learn about Saltaire’s heritage – with your gift recorded for all time!

Adopters will receive an ‘adoption certificate’ and have their name(s) entered in a special ledger to be retained in the Archive.

A minimum contribution of £100 for each box is needed to reach the target of £14,000.  Several contributors can club together for a box if they wish.

To become an adopter, please download the letter and form adopt-a-box.

Views from Education Stakeholders

Our third annual workshop to sharpen the educational aims of Saltaire Stories was held on 18th July.  Last year we had 17 participants, this year 30 people attended – a tight fit around five discussion tables in Shipley College’s Learning Resource Centre!


Discussion underway – the Saltaire Archive Room door is visible in the background.


Participants brought a wide range of experience, from formal education to museums and archives, to local heritage groups and businesses.  They had had been asked to reflect in advance on three questions:

  1. Where does Saltaire as a learning resource fit within your wider work?
  2. What links do you have with holders of Saltaire-related material?
  3. How can learners be informed of resources, activities and programmes of study with a Saltaire connection?

The session showed a wonderful variety of ways in which Saltaire is used for both formal and informal education.  As we know from World Heritage Weekend, Saltaire Festival,  Saltaire Arts Trail etc. many organisations co-operate already to present activities.

There is a shared vision to make Saltaire better known and used as a “world classroom”.   Saltaire Stories is committed to finding effective methods!  Our workshop findings will be made available as our first year of Heritage Lottery funding concludes and we prepare our Stage 2 bid for work in 2017-19.

“Bradford at Leisure: the delights of Saltaire”

Are you ready?  World Heritage Weekend 2016 is approaching fast:  Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April. 

A gentle stroll, conversation, things to look at, things to do.

Connect with generations past, escape from urban toil to relaxing countryside.

The Brigantes carved cups and rings, Victorians made tramways, gardens and fairs. Soldiers learned to fight, young couples promenaded in the park.

Holly trees and flowers bloom, Owzat! mingles with applause for music at the bandstand on a Sunday afternoon.

World Heritage Weekend 2016 will be largely outdoors, taking in the delights of Saltaire, Roberts Park and Shipley Glen.  Activities will not be stopped by April showers!  So take a walk with Saltaire Stories.

See the World Heritage Weekend page for the full programme.



Consultants join Saltaire Stories Volunteers

Using the Heritage Lottery  grant awarded last December, Saltaire Stories has appointed consultants to advise on our plans for increasing public use of the Saltaire Archive. Many boxes of material in the new Saltaire Archive Room at Shipley College have been carefully checked in recent months by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Katharine Carlton and Sophie Adamson will lead an 18-day Archive Consultancy, working with volunteers to “map” educational themes within the Archive and to develop a long-term plan for archive care. They will assist the volunteer team to build up essential skills to manage the Archive as a learning resource.

Once the mapping exercise is underway, Peter Ralley and Allan Randall will begin a 16-day Education Consultancy. They will match key themes in the Saltaire Archive with aspects of the national curriculum and areas of study in further, higher and informal education.  The result will be a strategy for use of archive material both on-line and when people visit Saltaire.


Volunteers in the newly designated Saltaire Archive Room 





Would you like to work with Saltaire Stories?


Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have the opportunity to offer two exciting consultancy roles to help us realise our ambitions for Saltaire Stories.

We are seeking to appoint both an Archive specialist and an Education specialist. Full details can be found on the attached documents below and submissions of interest must be recieved by 5pm on Monday 29th February.

For further information please do get in touch at saltairestories@gmail.com, we look forward to hearing from you.

SWHEA Archive Consultancy advert

SWHEA Education Consultancy advert

Heritage Lottery Fund support

The development of Saltaire Stories by the Saltaire World Heritage Education Association has won support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The press release on14th December read:

Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will make the Saltaire Archive much more accessible to all visitors and learners interested in Saltaire’s history.  

HLF support in 2016 will enable the project to appoint an experienced archivist to map the Archive and identify key learning themes – supported by a fantastic group of volunteers.  

Working alongside the archivist and volunteers, an experienced educator will assess the curriculum and learning opportunities for students within primary, secondary, further/higher and informal education.  

Development funding from HLF of £11,700 has been awarded to help SWHEA / Saltaire Stories to progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

Saltaire Stories at the Conversazione



This website was launched by the Saltaire Stories team at the Conversazione on 18th April 2015. That historic event (the first conversazione at Victoria Hall since 1964!) was co-ordinated by Saltaire Stories. 1105 people enjoyed a unique mixture of history, art, science, crafts, and entertainment. The conversazione tradition begun in 1878 was well and truly revived, whilst also updated to be more varied and inclusive. Over 100 volunteers took part, individually or in groups running stalls.

Pic Joan Russell High Tea speakers Nick Salt and Jamie Roberts with MC Brian Woolley.
Pic Joan Russell
High Tea speakers Nick Salt and Jamie Roberts with MC Brian Woolley.
Pic Joan Russell Saltaire Archive display, craft activities, and Wurlitzer music.
Pic Joan Russell
Saltaire Archive display, craft activities, and Wurlitzer music.
Learning about spinning
Learning about spinning
Wurlitzer and floral mannequin (created by Shipley College students).
Floral mannequin (created by Shipley College students).
Woodblock rubbing/printmaking with Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums.
Woodblock rubbing/printmaking with Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums.
Photo:  Joan Russell Floral decoration by Shipley College students.
Photo: Joan Russell
Floral decoration by Shipley College students.