The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow recently paid a visit to Saltaire, one of the most attractive areas of Bradford, built by the progressive industrialist Titus Salt to provide decent homes for the workers in his mills. Salt’s great innovation was making alpaca wool into a useful and appealing cloth: no. 3 of our 100 Objects exhibition is the notebook in which he recorded the purchase of the wool. I missed the first Roadshow broadcast on 13 March; the second, on 20 March, is still available via the BBC iplayer. I was delighted to see that one of the Roadshow objects was a plate connected to Salt featuring (what else?) an alpaca.
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Written by Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford. Find out more at the Special Collections website.
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