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The University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA) is housed in St Wilfred’s Chapel on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve and document textiles and other related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the general public.

Research and publication are an important focus. Components of several of the constituent collections were assembled and used as teaching resources in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries by Professors John and Roberts Beaumont, as well as Professor Aldred Barker, all key innovators in developments in textile education. These collections were supplemented by large quantities of material collected, acquired and rescued by the current Director, Professor Michael Hann, in the 1980s and 1990s.

Major Collections include:

Egyptian Textiles
Fibre Collections
Indian Textiles
Glass Photography Plates
Japanese Collections

Opening details

Tuesday - Friday 09:30 - 16:30 (occasional lunchtime closing may be necessary).

All group and school visits must be booked in advance.

We are Closed:


St.Wilfred's Chapel,
Maurice Keyworth Building,
University of Leeds,



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Map reference: SE 295347  Lat: 53.80848 Long: -1.55279

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.