Expanding the reach of our textiles collection

Our International Textiles archive is joining forces with the Library’s Special Collections to reach a wider audience.

Silk applique fragment, circa late 16th Century, from European Fragments collection, ref: 2011.220

ULITA March 2019

ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles, housed in St Wilfred’s Chapel on the Western Campus, collects, preserves and documents textiles and related items from many of the textile-producing areas of the world, for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the public.

From August, ULITA, which is currently part of the School of Design, will integrate with the Library’s Special Collections and Galleries. The transfer will enable the collection to reach a wider audience through sustainable learning and engagement programmes.

St Wilfred’s Chapel will continue to house ULITA’s collection until its transferal to the Library estate. Research visits to use the collections are operating by appointment, as usual. The exhibition area in the chapel is now closed to general visitors.

A textile exhibition curated from ULITA’s collection will go on display at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery in September, accompanied by an events programme.

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