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Textile Archive

Bradford College Has A Unique Collection

We hold an extensive archive of textiles and related materials including fine silk jacquards, rayon, velvets, mohair and woollens and worsteds dating back from over the last 150 years.

The College played a key role in the education of textile workers in the 19th century. We have an extraordinary range of work done by students and teachers: pattern books, designs, samples and more.

Come And See This Fascinating Collection

We offer visits, talks and workshops.

Our collection includes:

  • twenty-six bound volumes of Textile Fabrics of India, demonstrating the strong ties between the Bradford Textile industry and the Indian sub continent;
  • unique student work books dating from the mid to late Victorian period;
  • a comprehensive range of text books, journals and other printed publications; approximately 10,000 samples drawn from manufacturers pattern books including Bilbille and other international forecasting references
  • a large number of fabric sample books including the collections of Hind Robinson and Denholme Velvets
  • a collection of records, minute books, ledgers and cash books from various textile organisations. 

The archive recently became custodian of the archives of the Society of Dyers and Colourists, including the prestigious Turkey Red Collection.

The Archive is a  valuable resource for Bradford College students and external researchers.

Find Out More

For further information please telephone Helen Farrar, Curator, Textile Archive on 01274 433257 or email
Follow the Textile Archive on Twitter: @BTextileArchive Or visit the Textile Archive Website.