Guidance on donations
Please note, until we have finished cataloguing our collection we will not be taking further donations unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The mission of the Archive of International Textiles is to collect, preserve and document textiles and other related design material from most of the major textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of the public.
Our Collections Policy states that ULITA:
- will collect only items of the highest quality, and of good condition, which enhance existing collection strengths, or complete either a geographical or technique based gap in the collections.
- will concentrate on collecting hand crafted textiles, rather than costume. Costume will only be collected where there is a notable quality as part of the production or decoration of the fabric, rather than the construction of the garment.
- will not collect British fashion, nor British manufactured textiles, nor items associated with the regional textile industry, excepting exceptional pieces directly associated with the historic ‘Departments of Textile Industries and Colour Chemistry and Dyeing’ (later the Department of Textile Industries) of the University of Leeds.
- will not collect equipment, excepting small artefacts associated with the production and decoration of hand produced textiles which can be used to illustrate particular techniques.
- will not collect items better placed elsewhere in the University, including the University Archive, the University Library, the Yorkshire Fashion Archive or the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
- will give preference to collecting examples of textiles not otherwise represented in the collections.
- will not accept items which are better placed in other museums in the North of England.
Priority will be given to objects with a known provenance. This will include objects whose place/date of creation, place/date of collection or former ownership is known.
Staff at ULITA may give guidance in relation to donation on other possible interested parties in the museum/heritage sector, but will not set up lines of communication on behalf of the depositor.
Please contact staff if you would like a copy of the Collections Policy.