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Next meeting: 7 September 2017

All welcome and it's free!

Saltaire History Club, 10 Sept 2015

 Using Saltaire's heritage in Primary education
Talk by Sally Stoker, Head Teacher
Saltaire Primary School

Titus Salt and his sons - a farming heritage?
Talk by local historian, Allan Cattell

Meeting venue
Resource Centre, Saltaire Archive Room
Shipley College
Exhibition Road,
BD18 3JW

[See below for parking]

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The Saltaire History Club is free to attend and everyone is welcome.


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The Secret Tunnels of Saltaire World Heritage Site
Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3JS

Opening Times

  • Saturday 9 September: 10:00-16:30
  • Sunday 10 September: 10:00-16:30

Booking Details

  • No booking required.
  • Max 12 people per tour/session. Duration of each tour will be 30 mins.

A unique opportunity to travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of the millworkers and students of Victorian Saltaire who used tunnels constructed beneath the roads to get to work or to their studies.

Never before have these two tunnels been publicly accessible and our thanks go to Shipley College and Salts Mill for sharing their secrets with us for this special Weekend.

Please join us, as Saltaire World Heritage Site reveals impressive features of its unique and renowned history!


Access to the Exhibition Rd tunnel requires ascent & descent of little-used stairs and for that reason, regrettably, wheelchair access is not possible. Access to the Dining Hall tunnel is possible by wheelchair, although the surface is a bit bumpy.


Saltaire World Heritage Site is sign-posted by brown tourist signs. Victoria Rd is the village's main street. Further travel details, please follow this link. There are two tunnels to visit; tours of each tunnel will be conducted separately, with differing marshalling points, both of which are in Victoria Rd. The two marshalling points are: 1. Directly outside Victoria Hall, to visit the Exhibition Rd tunnel 2. In the Mill yard area accessed directly off of Victoria Rd via the Mill steps/ ramp, to visit the Dining Hall tunnel.

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About the History Club

Saltaire History Club meets quarterly (7 – 9pm) at the Resource Centre of Shipley College, Exhibition Rd, Saltaire (Post Code BD18 3JW)

The Saltaire History Club was established in September 2006 to further the knowledge and awareness of the history of the village.

Meetings are free & open to all, and typically include two talks relating to Saltaire history, news of recent research findings, acquisitions, etc. Refreshments served.

Dates of Meetings in 2017 (all on Thursday evenings)
9 March, 8 June, 7 September, 7 December.

In addition to its quarterly meetings, Saltaire History Club, its Committee & its Members are involved in Saltaire history research and publishing; archival studies and acquisitions; and community issues. It also acts as a forum for those wanting to learn more of their family histories.

1. Research and Publishing
2. Acquisitions for Saltaire Archives
3. Accreditation of Tour Guides
4. Protecting Saltaire’s Heritage.

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Meeting Dates for 2017

VENUE: The meetings will be held at the Learning Resource Centre at Shipley College in Exhibition Road, 7 – 9 pm on the following Thursday evenings:

9 March
8 June
7 September
7 December

Information about each meeting is released around 3 to 4 weeks before the meeting is due to take place. Any changes to date or venue will be posted here and on Twitter.


Meeting venue and parking

Resource Centre, Saltaire Archive Room
Shipley College
Exhibition Road,
BD18 3JW

Saltaire History Club meets quarterly (7 – 9pm) at the Resource Centre of Shipley College, Exhibition Rd, Saltaire. A convenient central car park is on the junction of Victoria Road and Caroline Street. GPS postcode: BD18 3JS.

Archive and posters

History Club poster, Dec 2009See the posters and read about the meetings, which began in September 2006.

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Contacting the Saltaire History Club


Colin Coates:
M: 07515 120432

Research tools

If you are researching Saltaire, we have provided a list of links and recommended books, etc, to help you. You are welcome to contact us and if we can help, we will try.
If you can recommend a research source or book, please let us know and we will include it here.

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The Saltaire Journal

The Belwarp logo is the adopted logo of the Saltaire History ClubThe Saltaire History Club encourages new research about Saltaire and is able to publish suitable material through the Saltaire Journals. If you are actively involved in researching an aspect of Saltaire history, or you have a special area of expertise, please contact us.


History articles and news

Relevant news, contributions and notes on Saltaire's history and research. Please feel free to contribute your memories of Saltaire. More >






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