Newtown Textile Museum

A place with a past and

a place with a future



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 third and fourth floor above three pairs of back-to-back cottages on the lower floors.

Newtown's development into a centre of industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages, while 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 want to make the Museum an interesting and enjoyable place to visit. If you have any comments we wouldlove to hear from you.


The Winter has flown by and here we are again, about to open our doors for 2017 summer season

Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May at Midday is the time

And the Newtown Textile Museum is the place to be !

We do hope you will pop along to see us. Lots of work has happened over the closed season and we have new displays and information for you to see. If you have visitors that weekend do bring them along.

If you're unable to make May Day, we will be open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday thereafter from 12.00 to 4.00 pm and Saturdays from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm until the end of September.

Want to help us: Join our team of volunteers over the summer months.

NTM Friends Group

 We have recently established a NTM Friends Group. Become a Founder Member and help us into the future. Click here to go to How to Help page for details.


We had lots of comments in 2016 from visitors who enjoyed seeing our wonderful building brought back to life including: 
  • A really interesting insight into both the woollen industry and social life in and around Newtown over the last 150 years 
  • Wonderful to see some ‘living' demonstrations
  • We particularly enjoyed seeing the layout of the workshop with the looms in it
  • Such a warm, hospitable museum. – It makes a huge difference when museum hosts are so welcoming

We have also had some very constructive comments for our future.  We welcome your ideas. Contact us through this link.

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Supported by: Gwendoline & Margaret Davies Trust, Newtown Town Council, Newtown Local History Group,  Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity,   Community Foundation in Wales,  Oakdale Trust and  Bodfach Trust

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Last updated: 13 April 2017