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New heritage tour added to the WH:UK conference programme!

August 18, 2015 Published by Beth Thomas

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The Shipley Glen Tramway volunteers have offered to open the Tramway up and run the trams specifically for conference delegates, along with an informative talk they will do at the start.

The award-winning Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty  spot of Shipley Glen near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path.

A short walk brings a Cafe within reach as well as the rocks and woods of Shipley Glen. The bottom station allows access to Roberts Park and the River Aire and the delights of Saltaire with Salt’s Mill and its famous Hockney Gallery.

As well as rides on the open trams, there is a small souvenir shop at the top station, selling sweets. There is a nostalgic Edwardian shop at the bottom station.

The museum at the bottom station displays photos and memorabilia of the tramway as well as Shipley Glen. There are interesting pictorial displays and memories of the tramway and Shipley Glen in days gone by.

The Shipley Tramway tour will be added to the two other choices for delegates:

Tour A is an historical walking tour of the model village of Saltaire, taking in all the significant public buildings, housing and Listed Park. Led by knowledgeable residents who can also give an insight into what it’s like to live in a World Heritage Site. If you have specific access requirements please contact the Conference organiser to discuss. The tour will only be cancelled in the event of very inclement weather so bring a waterproof. 30 places(two groups of 15). Duration approximately 90 minutes.

Tour B is a curatorial-led tour of the new Exhibition in Salts Mill ‘People and Process’. A creative and engaging exhibition which combines the history of the Mill with artistic responses to the exhibition theme and brings the history of Salts Mill up to the current day. Salts Mill is fully accessible. 30 places (two groups of 15). Duration approximately 60 minutes.