School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles



Welcome to ULITA

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles 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.

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

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General enquiries (telephone): +44(0)113 343 3919
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Our contact details will be changing in 2019 when we join Special Collections.

We currently don’t have an exhibition, but are open for research visits by appointment.

News: ULITA joins University of Leeds Special Collections

We’re excited to announce that later this year ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles, currently under of the School of Design, is integrating with University of Leeds Special Collections and Galleries. This transfer will enhance access to our collection and strengthen our ongoing learning and events programmes.

A new textile exhibition curated from our collection will open at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery in September 2019, accompanied by an events programme. We will announce opening dates and further programme information soon.

St Wilfred’s Chapel will continue to house our collection until further notice. Research visits to our archive are operating by appointment as usual. The exhibition area in the chapel is no longer open for visits.

Image: Silk applique fragment. late 16th Century, from European Fragments collection, ref: 2011.220

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