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ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles



Welcome to ULITA

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles (formerly the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive) is housed in St Wilfred’s Chapel on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds.

The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve and document textiles and other related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the public … read more »

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ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles
St.Wilfred’s Chapel
Maurice Keyworth Building
University of Leeds

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Free Entry

Exhibition opening hours*: Usual opening hours are Tuesdays – Thursdays 09:30 – 16:30, Fridays by appointment, please check for closed days for staff leave … read more »

*please check that there is a current temporary exhibition before visiting, or contact staff for a research appointment.

Exhibitions / Events

ULITA holds temporary exhibitions based on aspects of its own collections and equivalent themes. There is no permanent exhibition.

Current exhibition:

Our new exhibition is Resists: exploring resist-dyed textiles across cultures

Also …see our discovered 1926 film of Professor Barker and the llamas, digitised to mark his 150th anniversary.

Professor Aldred Barker was third Head of Department of Textile Industries.


Barker inspecting alpaca in Peru

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