School of Design

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

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Admission and Opening Hours

Admission is Free

Visitors at ULITA

Our Usual Exhibition Opening Hours

Our temporary exhibitions are usually open Tuesdays to Thursdays 09:30 – 16:30, Fridays by appointment (see dates below or telephone for confirmation).

Please check if we have a current exhibition.

All group and school visits must be booked in advance.      Large groups must book for Tuesdays only.

NB: occasional lunchtime closing may be necessary.  We will also close for an extended lunchtime period on the last Wednesday of the month.

2017 Opening Dates

Our next exhibition will open on 11 April 2017 and run until 7 December, with some closed days in the Summer vacation which will be advertised.

We are always closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays; during exhibition changes, University closed days (Easter, Christmas week and Tuesdays following bank holidays) and certain dates over the Summer vacation.

Please note: Unfortunately due to limited staffing we sometimes have to close at short notice, for annual leave or for training.  If you are intending to travel distances to visit, please telephone beforehand to confirm current opening hours.

Students and Researchers

Students and Researchers wishing to look at items from the collections which are not on display are welcome to make an appointment (minimum one week notice required). Appointments can occasionally be made during certain exhibition closed dates by prior arrangement. Please see our details on using the Collections

Facilities and Access

Viewing the Qing Collection


  • There is an education area equipped with data projection equipment, and a workstation giving access to the online catalogue.
  • There is an adjacent cafe in the Business School (closes early in Vacation), and the University Union (with refectory, bar, shops and cash machine) is 5 minutes away.
  • Maps of the campus can be provided on request.
  • Please note: the temperature in St Wilfred’s Chapel can be cool in Winter.




ULITA is striving to provide suitable access for all its visitors. Disabled visitors are encouraged to contact the Archive in advance to ensure that staff can help and advise. The telephone number is 0113 343 3919.

  • Limited disabled parking is available in the Business School car park (Moorland Road entrance), which is approximately 50 meters from the entrance. There is a row of bollards between the parking and the entrance.
  • Disabled visitors who hold a valid local authority disabled badge (“Blue Badge”) can park free of charge. Disabled bays are available on a first come first served basis across the campus. The Blue Badge must be displayed in the vehicle.  The parking University Campus Map has positions of blue badge parking.  The interactive version of the University Campus Map has positions of disabled access and toilets.  There is one disabled bay in the Business School car park and others around the Western Campus area, including by the Marks & Spencer Archive.
  • There are public bus stops on Moorland Road, where bus number 56, with low floor and easy disability access design, stops regularly.

    ULITA entrance

  • There is level access to ULITA.  The Maurice Keyworth Building is entered by wide automatically controlled glass doors, and the entrance to ULITA is by a surfaced ramp, not steeper than 1:20 and a doorway of 1200mm. At present this area has a carpet runner.  Please contact staff if you prefer for this to be removed for your visit.
  • The width of the public area adjacent to the displays is more than 2 meters, and is all on one level with tiled flooring.
  • There is a wheelchair accessible toilet in the Archive, and another in the adjacent building.
  • There is a bell at door and another at the counter for attracting staff attention.
  • Researchers can use a lift to take them to the study area.  There is a portable induction loop amplifier available.  Please let staff know in advance if you will need to use the lift or hearing loop.
  • Dark edges mark the sides of the atrium and the door frame.

  • Large print text of exhibition descriptions can be provided on site, or sent in advance of a visit on request.

  • Assistant dogs are welcomed at ULITA

  • Please be aware that the light levels for exhibitions are low, especially after dark.  Torches and magnifying glasses can be provided on request.

We welcome feedback on possible additions to this section.


St Wilfred’s Chapel

Aerial View of St. Wilfred’s Chapel, where ULITA is based

We are on the Western Campus next to the Business School (at the north end of the campus): 10 minutes walk from the Parkinson Building and 5 minutes walk from the School of Design.

Once on Campus, you can follow signs for the Maurice Keyworth Building, or look for number 21 on the University Campus Map.

Arriving by Train/Bus/Foot

Take the regular number 1 bus by exiting by the main station entrance (straight on from the barriers), once outside turn left down the station approach, cross the small pedestrian crossing and immediately turn right down Bishopgate for a few meters to the bus shelter (then see below).

Take a taxi from the front of the station to the University of Leeds Business School on Moorland Road (ULITA shares the same entrance).

Chapel entrance

To walk to ULITA from the station takes around 25-30 minutes (see below for a walking guide).

From the bus station take the 6, 28/28B or 97 to the University. Bus 56 from the city centre (The Headrow) stops directly outside ULITA.

Alight at the steps of the Parkinson Building (clock tower), follow the building to the left and walk through the campus on University Road, cross the pedestrian crossing at the top of the campus and enter the Business School foyer. Alternatively stay on the bus two more stops, alight at the Victoria monument and walk straight through Woodhouse Park, cross the pedestrian crossing and enter the Business School.

On Campus, follow signs for the Maurice Keyworth Building;  ULITA is connected to the Business School foyer.

Bus details can be found at On First buses, a day ticket may cost less than two returns.

See the University webpages for further travel information including a walking guide.

Travel by Car

For satnavs the postcode is LS6 1AN (please note: this is not the University postcode which is LS2 9JT)

From the South (M1): At Junction 43 take the M621 towards Leeds. When the M621 splits, take the Manchester exit. Exit the M621 at junction 2, taking the A643 towards Wetherby. At the first roundabout take third exit to city centre (A58). Continue on the A58(M) and take the A660 Skipton & Universities exit. Immediately take the left fork (A660), then turn right at traffic lights into Woodhouse Lane. Continue past the University on your left for 0.5 mile, then turn left at the traffic lights into Clarendon Road. Turn right into Moorland Road and ULITA is immediately on your left, sharing an entrance with the Business School.

From the West (M62): Exit M62 at junction 27 to the M621. Continue from Exit above.

From the North (A1) and East (A64): Leave A1 taking A64 towards Leeds and City Centre for several miles. In the city centre take exit to Skipton & University A660, which will bring you to Woodhouse Lane. Continue past the University on your left for 0.75 mile, and at the traffic lights turn left into Clarendon Road. Turn right into Moorland Road and ULITA is immediately on your left.

Parking: There is limited parking available for disabled visitors on request; other visitors may be able to park in the surrounding roads around the Woodhouse Moor area. Alternately, we recommend parking outside the city centre and taking a bus to to University.

Group Visits

We have welcomed many group visits from student groups to specialist societies.  Group visits can be arranged to view the current exhibition and to see a selection of items from the store.

There is seating available for 20 people, and an introductory video can be viewed.   Small groups of 10 or less may request to see the stores.  Large groups can be split between the exhibition and store viewing. An average group visit will take one hour. We can also recommend other cultural venues on campus to include in your visit.

We also work with school groups, and have frequently visited schools to bring the ULITA experience into the classroom, e.g. 2008 work with local schools and displaying work of schools and community groups.

Please phone or email us to discuss your groups requirements.

Images of Group Visits


Quilters’ guild visit 2014


Castle Textile Group City and Guilds visit 2013 Viewing the Japanese Collection


Textile Society visit 2012 Viewing the Pesel Collection


Textile Society visit 2012 Viewing the Egyptian Collection


Precious Cargo 2011 Young curators choose Yorkshire World objects


Volunteers’ conservation workshop 2010

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