Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Jill Winder

Curator (ULITA - An Archive of International Textiles)

0113 343 3919

St Wilfred's Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building

Office hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9.00am. - 5.00pm.

PG Diploma Library & Information Studies, BA Hons History of Design & the Visual Arts


Jill qualified as a librarian after studying History of Design.  She has worked in academic libraries in Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University (including the historic John Rylands Library), and as a volunteer at the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and the Design Council Slide Collection.

Jill came to Leeds in 1999 to work at the Edward Boyle Library and then the SPEME library.  She then held the post of Assistant Site Manager in Special Collections (the Brotherton Library) for seven years before coming to ULITA in 2008.  Jill is qualified as an Associate of the Museums Association.


Jill is responsible for the ongoing management of the Textiles Archive, including museum object documentation and conservation, enquiries and appointments, managing the exhibitions programme, collection research and promotion.



  • Winder JR, Hann MA, Hardie A Phoenixes and Dragons: An exhibition of Chinese costume from the Qing Collection.

  • Winder JR, Rea W Yoruba Textiles, Cloth and Tradition in West Africa.

  • Winder JR Around the World in 80 Textiles: an exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of ULITA.

  • Winder JR, Morrell A Indian Embroidery.

  • Watson C, Evans E, Blair F The Synthetics Revolution: an exhibition of man-made fibres and everyday fashion.

  • Winder JR Sadler and the Shawls: an exhibition of the Kashmir shawl collection, and its association with Sir Michael Sadler.

  • Winder JR, Humphrey AE, Hyman J A Catalogue of World Textiles: celebrating the culmination and conservation project.

  • Winder J, Humphrey A, Caswell J 75 Years of Stitching in Yorkshire, Celebrating the establishment of the Embroiderers’ Guild Yorkshire Branch at Leeds 1934-2009.

  • Winder J, Powers, K, Humphrey A Tibor Reich: a Life of Colour and Weave.

  • Winder J, Powers K Bali and the islands of the southeast, an exhibition of Indonesian textiles from Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

  • Winder J, Humphrey A Natural Fibres: a World Heritage, a celebration of the International Year of Natural Fibres.


  • Winder JR, Hann MA Ars Textrina International Textiles Conference: Natural Fibres - A World Heritage, Abstracts.. Ars Textrina. Leeds: University of Leeds.

Professional Practice

Professional Interests

  • Late 19th and early 20th century design history
  • History of the Textiles Museum and its historic donors
  • Textiles archiving and exhibiting

Jill has worked with all the collections in ULITA, but has a particular interest in the Louisa Pesel Collection.


Curated or co-curated non-loan exhibitions in ULITA since 2008:




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