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ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

The Yarns of a Travelling Professor

Barker_Peru_smallThe publications and papers of A F Barker, textiles educator, researcher and collector

Calling himself a ‘typical product of the Clothworkers’ Department of the University of Leeds’, Professor Aldred Farrer Barker rose through the ranks to become its third Chair of the Department of Textile Industries, from 1914 to 1933.

He published many texts and reports, predominantly on the international wool industry, drawing on visits to Europe, the Americas, South Africa, India and the Far East. Barker was a longstanding supporter of the Clothworkers’ Museum (now ULITA).

On retiring from the University, Professor Barker took a position at Chiao-tung University, Shanghai.

The Qing Collection of 19th and 20th Century Chinese textiles was given by Barker and his son to the University of Leeds in the late 1930s. These textiles are amongst the most popular collections in ULITA.

Through his papers, photographs and publications, this exhibition presents Barker’s work at the University of Leeds and Bradford College, his wide ranging interests, and his extensive travels and research.

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