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Saltaire World Heritage Education Association  
Saltaire Stories: Past, Present & Future

Inviting students, tourists, residents, local groups and businesses  to interpret Saltaire’s past and to shape the future of this unique community. 

Saltaire World Heritage Education Association (SWHEA) is being set up as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation to increase the public benefits which flow  from being a World Heritage Site.

  • to encourage better understanding of Saltaire’s distinctive heritage among  young and adult learners and tourists. 
  • to encourage further research into the impacts of industrial change and globalisation on the local textile industry and the lives of village residents. 

Three organisations are working together to create SWHEA

  • Salt Foundation (holds Victoria Hall in a charitable trust)
  • Shipley College (holds the Saltaire Archive, and manages Victoria Hall on  behalf of the Salt Foundation)
  • Saltaire United Reformed Church (already provides space for visiting groups).  

Funding of approximately £1.8 million is needed to develop SWHEA’s vision and activity programme.  Its working title is Saltaire Stories: Past, Present & Future. 
Partnership with local groups is at the heart of Saltaire Stories.  Ways to share delivery of educational activities are being explored through Saltaire Learning   (a forum set up after a 2009 scoping study of Saltaire’s educational potential). 

Saltaire Stories will need staff to co-ordinate bookings, develop publicity and learning materials, and assist researchers.  Various locations and delivery methods will be used for the activity programme:  

  • a Saltaire Interpretation Centre in Victoria Hall’s Fluke Room
  • improved facilities for schools and other groups at the United Reformed Church
  • a room for researchers to use at Shipley College
  • a new, bespoke digital respository allowing unique access to the Saltaire Archive  

Saltaire Stories desperately needs to raise £30,000 by Spring 2014 as matching funds for a major grant application.  Donations large or small are welcome to help put this exciting new project on the map regionally, nationally and internationally.  

To contribute financially, or through personal expertise and volunteer time, please contact Molly Kenyon:  tel. 01274  593585,  

or Helen Thornton, World Heritage Site Officer   tel. 01274  435319



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