Tesco Bags of Help

We are waiting to hear about the votes we had as a share of Tesco’s fund

The Newtown Textile Museum was one of three charities trying bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative in January and February. The Museum wants to help to keep the craft skills of 1830’s Newtown alive with learning sessions in spinning and weaving at the Textile Museum in the summer of 2019.

Depending on how we rated among the shoppers in Newtown we will be either :

  • offering ‘taster’ sessions for small groups to have hand-on experience of spinning and weaving.
  • involving Textile students in the Museum’s activities
  • offering further training in the form of 3 – 5 day courses, or one day intensive sessions.

 We need to buy equipment and pay for tutor’s time, so we must wait to hear about funding before we can finalise our plans. 

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch this community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Newtown Textile Museum was one of the groups on the shortlist in Newtown’s Tesco store  in January and February 2019.  Customers cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shopped. You did not need to purchase a carrier bag, so we hope you just asked for a token and put it in the box of your choice - ours!  

Winter work underway.

We are pleased to have the builders at work in the Museum over the next couple of months. They are fixing some problems in the cellars including improving the insulation. They will then be installing new external stairs in the back courtyard which will be similar to those in use during the heyday of the building in the 1800s. If you look carefully in the picture taken in 1962,  you can see the milkman has made his delivery!

This work has only been made possible because of the grants we have received from Powys County Council’s Community Regeneration and Development Fund, an anonymous Trust and the Community Foundation in Wales Powys Welsh Church Act. We are hugely grateful for this financial support.

Some highlights of the summer of 2019

If you would like to catch up with the events of our recent summer season please click here for a full account. 

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.

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

Military quilt - patchwork
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.  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. 

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