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Colin Coates, historian
WW1: The Saltaire Story
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Reel Lives
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Local historian, Colin Coates

WW1 - The Saltaire Story

Colin Coates writes: After relocating to Saltaire in 2011 I soon became interested in the fascinating history of the village and its people. Following a meeting of the Saltaire History Club, I was inspired and motivated to research the story of Saltaire during World War One.

Using information from local Rolls of Honour, online resources such as Ancestry and CWGC, and newspaper cuttings from the Shipley Times, I am building up a substantial database to help us understand what it was like to live in Saltaire during the Great War.You can keep up to date by following the WW1 Saltaire twitter feed and the WW1 Saltaire Diary, which is updated weekly.

Reel Women

In August 2013, I visited the Cloth & Memory exhibition in Salts Mill, where I saw an interesting exhibit by a British artist named Caren Garfen. She had researched the 1891 census for women born and living in Saltaire who worked in the mill. Caren had recorded the details of these women on tiny plaques on the end of cotton reels, representing the bobbins at the mill. Each reel had a ribbon extending from it, detailing their addresses. The piece was very thought provoking. I began to research the lives of these women.

There is now a permanant exhibition in Salts Mill called “People and Process” featuring Caren’s exhibit. I have now researched the biographies of 108 of the Reel Lives women. That information is available in Salts Mill, and here on the Saltaire Village Website.

Questions, comments and information

Should you have any queries, comments or information to offer please do not hesitate to contact me by email.

Colin Coates:



Colin Coates writes a regular column for The Saltaire Sentinel.


Bid to trace the stories of people who were involved in the conflict
Telegraph & Argus
Friday 7th February 2014
By Sheila Weber

A major effort to honour war heroes from a Bradford village is gathering pace.

A history club stalwart has unearthed details of 185 Saltaire people who were involved in the First World War. But as almost 600 in all served in the conflict, there is still a long way to go to complete the roll of honour.

But Colin Coates, the Saltaire History Club member who is spearheading the project, has vowed to complete the task by July.

Read the story: T&A website >

Saltaire historian Colin Coates uncovers family's past
Telegraph & Argus

Monday 22nd July 2013

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Colin Coates, who is researching details of Saltaire men who fought in the First World WarColin Coates, who is researching details of Saltaire men who fought in the First World War.

The great-grandson of a private killed in World War One said he was shocked but grateful when a historian presented him with 200 years of family history in a week.

Read the story: T&A website >




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