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 are able to help us in any way we'd love to hear from you.

Message from our Chair - Janet Lewis.

It was very cheering that we had over 400 visitors in the two months that the Museum was open in 2016. We had lots of constructive and positive comments from our visitors – both people living locally and from around the world. We also raised a very welcome £688 in donations. We are now focusing on the improvements we can make to the way our exhibits are shown and the stories we can tell about them and the interesting building where people lived and worked. This is work that will be on-going.

Over the winter months we have been continuing to make improvements. Check out the News page for an invitation to see what we have been doing as we prepare to reopen.

We have established a NTM Friends Group. Become a Founder Member and help up 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: 9 March 2017