International Textile Collection

Department of Textile Industries



Lecture theatre c.1904

Championed by Mr Obadiah Nussey, an eminent textile merchant, and funded by the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers’, the Department of Textile Industries and Dyeing building of the Yorkshire College was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, opening in December 1880. The College became the University of Leeds in 1904. Further stages of building followed until 1928, including the addition of the new Department of Colour Chemistry and Dyeing. Art Classes were included from 1887 to 1921.

The buildings are now home to the School of Design and Department of Colour Science.

The departments included lecture rooms, workshops and weaving sheds, laboratories, drawing studios and a museum:

See more information on the archival documents and photographs from the Department of Textile Industries.

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