News for July

Don't forget to book into one of our free Taster sessions in the next two months. Check the details below. We are able to offer these through funding from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme.  

On 16 July, the Museum welcomed a German film crew. They are making a series of documentaries about railways, and the town's link between Pryce Jones and the railway was a particular focus. When the film becomes available to us, we will add it to the website. 

We are happy to say that we have a textile student - Francesca - working with us over the summer. She will be with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until 12 September.  She will be working on one of the looms.  This is also thanks to Tesco Bags of Help scheme funding. Do call in to talk to her. 

On 21 June we had the second of our successful summer talks. Carrie White, who has had a connection to the Museum since 1975, talked about the papers held in our collection relating to Amelia Ray who had a draper's shop in Newtown from 1868 to 1884. It was a fascinating insight into customers, suppliers and the everyday life of Newtown at the time. 

The next summer season talk  is on 26 July at the Museum, at 7.00 (see right). 

Back courtyard and old steps to loom floors

A photo of the new steps will join this one (left) taken in 1962, when they are finished! 

New exhibition

Designed for Liberty (London)

This summer's exhibition is "Designed for Liberty". Our curator Stephanie Kemp under her label Stephanie Jane designed and manufactured separates and dresses for Liberty of London and their stores across the world during the late 1970's and through the 1980's. This exhibition is her story.

Come to the Museum in the evening on 26 July  to hear Stephanie talk about her work and times with Liberty.  (Note the change of date). 

Liberty fabrics on display

Taster sessions

The Newtown Textile Museum is able to offer free introductory sessions for spinning and weaving over the summer as a result of the funds received from participating in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme this winter. The first two sessions on 27 June were well received. Two extra sessions have been added in August. 

Expert tutors will work with groups of up to six people, teaching the basic skills required. Sign up to register. Get in early to avoid disappointment. Downloadable form has all details.

Session Dates:

  • 25 July        10.00 - 11.30am  Felting
  • 8 August     10.00 - 11.30am  Introduction to spinning
  • 8 August     10.00-11.30am   Introduction to weaving
  • 17 Sept       7.00 - 8.30pm  Introduction to hand spinning (NB evening session)
  • 26 Sept       10.00 - 11.30am  Introduction to hand spinning

Free Taster sessions are being offered, thanks to the Tesco Bags of Help funding. 

Forthcoming events

The Museum will be hosting a variety of events in 2019. These will include regular monthly demonstrations of spinning and weaving; evening talks and performances - tickets £3 at the door, but free to NTM Friends; and free small group 'taster' sessions in June, July and September (for which pre-booking will be required - see above)

Put these dates in your diaries to make sure you don't miss out. NB Alteration to evening talk dates in June and July. 


July 20       Demonstration of spinning and weaving.

July 25        Katherine Keatley running a Taster session.  10.0 - 11.30   Booking required - see above

July 26      Evening talk 7.00-8.00pm  Stephanie Kemp  Designed for Liberty (London). The story behind the exhibition  Stephanie worked for a decade for this famous shop in London. She will talk about her experiences there. £3 admission - NTM Friends - free   Doors open 6.00pm for visitors to look round the Museum

August 8   Shirley Elwell running a spinning Taster session.  10.00 - 11.30  Booking required - see above

August 8   Stephanie Kemp running a weaving Taster session.  10.00 - 11.30  Booking required - see above

August 17  Demonstration of spinning and weaving. Katie Weston, Debbie Francis and others

Sept 17      Katie Weston running an Introduction to hand spinning Taster session. 7.00 - 8.30pm. NB Evening session. Booking required, see above

Sept 20    Musical evening.  Weavers and  their world - songs from the 19th Century performed by the folk charity TASC.

Sept 21   Demonstration of spinning and weaving.  Katie Weston, Stephanie Kemp

Sept 26    Katie Weston running an Introduction to hand spinning Taster session. 10.00 - 11.30. Booking required, see above

Crimean military quilt 

There is a picture hanging in the Royal College of Surgeons of a man sitting in bed sewing a quilt. His quilt was made of triangles, while the one on display at the Museum is tiny squares of densely woven worsted used in the production of military uniforms, predominantly red. 

Soldiers were encouraged to take up needlework as a form of therapy for those injured in conflict and recuperating in hospital. An heirloom from the great great grandfather of our curator, this glorious woollen quilt is a reminder of the therapy of craft work. It is on loan to the Museum and is on display.

Military quilt - patchwork

Marvel at the stitching and regularity of the quilting. We now have postcards of this picture for sale

Promoting Mid-Wales - it has a lot to offer

The Textile Museum is keen to work with other organisations in the Newtown area to encourage visitors to linger longer. We are already working with the Newtown Town Council; the Oriel Davies Gallery; the Robert Owen Museum; and WH Smith who also have a museum in their wonderful shop on High Street.  We are working closely with Walking Newtown too. Check out the details of the NewtownWalking Festival on 1 & 2 June. 

There are plenty of other places of interest in nearby towns such as Welshpool and Montgomery as well. 

More recently we have set up links with the Mid-Wales Arts Centre near Caersws.  

We are also members of the Mid-Wales Tourist Association and suggest using their site when you are visiting the area.  Also the Visit Wales website has plenty of information. 

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