Historical Textile Archives

Interested in archives?

The SDC archives are housed at Bradford College, Great Horton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire. They contain a wealth of information about 150 years of textile manufacture with products as diverse as fine silk, rayon, mohair, velvets and worsted cloth.

Fleming & Shaw Co trade label from the 19th Century

19th Century Fleming & Shaw Co Turkey Red trade label

The collection includes: pattern books, colour cards, student workbooks, company documents and trade journals.

The archive of the SDC, includes dyers notebooks and recipes. Also papers documenting the day-to-day dealings of various textile trade organisations in Bradford district (minute books and cash records) plus text books and trade journals such as Wool Record (from 1913) the Journal of the Textile Institute, Textile Month, Wool Science Review and Textile Horizon.

For further information about access to the archive please contact Helen Farrar, Curator, Textile Archive at the College on 01274 433257 or email h.farrar@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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