Newtown Textile Museum

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A place with a past and

a place with a future

We are closed for the winter and will open again on 1 May 2018. 



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. 

It is 50 years since the museum first opened.

A very successful birthday party was held on 4 November. We look forward to the next half century. 

Museum now closed for the winter.


Opening times in 2018

The Museum will reopen on 1 May , and close on 29 September 2018.  

Opening  hours in 2018 will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:  12.00 - 16.00

On Saturdays and Bank Holidays the hours will be 10.30 - 16.00

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Last updated: 17 November 2017