The Textile Museum in Newtown - just over the bridge into Commercial Street, (see the map) gives visitors a chance to see how the handloom weavers of the mid-19th century lived and worked.
The block which houses the Museum was built in the 1830s as a hand-loom weaving factory, the looms occupying the top two floors above three pairs of two storey back-to-back houses on the lower floors.
Newtown's development into a centre of industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages. On the top two floors the story of fleece to flannel is illustrated by looms and spinning wheels, alongside displays of related industries and influential local people such as Pryce Jones.
We also have exhibits of modern wool craft and demonstrations by experts in spinning, weaving and quilt making.
We hope you will find the Museum an interesting and enjoyable place to visit.
Take a look at our new Museum of the Future segment on the News page and join in.
You can also still enjoy some of the stories of our objects on our social media sites and our Come-Inside page while our building is closed for the winter, and don't forget to try some of the jigsaws.
Thinking of JoiNING us
We are always keen to recruit new volunteers. In the summer season we would welcome more people to be hosts at the Museum when it is open, but there are other jobs as well, even in the winter. Now is a good time to get involved.
If you would like to join us, do please make contact.
Sign up now. We can arrange for you to visit the Museum so we can tell you about the ways you can share in telling our story. Contact us through either of these addresses:
The Museum re-opened on 25 May.
As long as there are no changes to the Welsh Government regulations, we plan to be open for the summer - each Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the end of September from 12.00 - 4.00. As you would expect there will be appropriate measures to cater for Covid-safe requirements. We would be delighted to see you, and I think you will find there is plenty of room in the museum to keep apart from other visitors.
Although admission will still be free, a booking system will be in place for timed-entry visits to ensure that visitors are spread out through the Museum. The ticket booking system is divided into different date ranges. Make sure you use the correct link for the day you want to come. Here are the Eventbrite links for the following dates:
These links give further detail on admission, check the News page as the regulations may change. You can come to the Museum without booking a ticket, but may have to wait if there are already the maximum number of visitors inside.
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and here on the web for updates.