Newtown Textile Museum
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A place with a past and
a place with a future
Open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.00 to 4.00 pm
Saturdays from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm until the end of September, as well as
Bank Holiday Monday.
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.
SUMMER SEASON EVENTS
We are well into our summer season now.
COME AND TRY IT DAY
Date: 12 August - note it now.
Some of our demonstrators will be there to show you how to spin and weave, and give you a chance to try it yourself.
We are planning a day with special activities for children.
Date: 19 August - another date to note.
Mid-Wales Tourism App
You can find us on the ShowMe Wales App that you can download to your phone. Events and dates are listed.
These are some comments from visitors in 2017 who have enjoyed their visit. Make sure you fill in a card to tell us how you think we are doing when you visit the museum, or go to Trip Advisor and tell everyone that way.
- A fascinating insight into the old industry. An interesting well set up museum and excellent guides.
- Wonderful insightful use of space. Loved it.
- Such a warm, hospitable museum. – It makes a huge difference when museum hosts are so welcoming
What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, fabulous place, kids can’t wait to come back. Thank you so much.
Supported by: Gwendoline & Margaret Davies Trust, Newtown Town Council, Newtown Local History Group, Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity, Community Foundation in Wales, Oakdale Trust, Bodfach Trust and the Association of Independent Museums
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Last updated: 9th July 2017