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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 »

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

General enquiries (telephone): +44(0)113 343 3919
General enquiries (email):

Exhibition opening hours*: Tuesdays – Thursdays 09:30 – 16:30, Fridays by appointment … 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.

Current exhibition:

The Synthetics Revolution: man-made fibres and everyday fashion

Open 22 June to 21 July and 4 October to 1 December 2016 (August/September by appointment)

Terylene sample box

Terylene sample box

A collaborative project between ULITA, the Yorkshire Fashion Archive and the Enterprise of Culture Project. See more detail …

Coming up: Saturday 24th September, 11.00 – 15:00 we’ll be at the Make Do & Mend Coffee Morning at Marks & Spencer Company Archive, Western Campus, University of Leeds.

And: Tuesday 4th October 17:45 the Autumn launch of our exhibition with a presentation by Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk from the Enterprise of Culture Project. Please contact the Enterprise of Culture to book a place, details via the link.

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