External view of museum building

The Textile Museum in Newtown

Our museum in Commercial Street, 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 top two floors above three pairs of two storey back-to-back houses on the lower floors.

Newtown's development into a centre of industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages. 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 hope you will find the Museum an interesting and enjoyable place to visit. We are now fully accredited.

Information about us

Here you can find:
Past newsletter
Past highlights and reports
Information on the Trust and Committee
Piece of woven fabric with shuttle and spindle lying on it
Charity number: 1188651

Newtown Textile Museum Trust

The Charitable Incorporated Organisation number 1188651 was registered by the Charity Commission on 19 March 2020. The three founding Trustees were:  Janet Lewis, chair; Norman Davies, treasurer; Chris Tomley. All were members of the Museum's management committee. 

Two further Trustees, Carrie Canham,  curator of Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth, and Penny Foreman were appointed in February 2021 and the curator, John Evans joined the Board in an ex-officio capacity.  Penny Forman sadly resigned in the autumn of 2021 due to pressure of work. Katherine Keatley, a self-employed textile craftsperson, was appointed in November 2021.  

The list of the current management committee members can be found on this link. 

Important policies

In order to keep you informed, the Museum is committed to provide access to a range of our important policies.


With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in force from 25 May 2018, the Museum is making its Privacy Policy available online. 
The Newtown Textile Museum Privacy Policy is available here.  
We need your consent to keep you on our mailing list for newsletters and important announcements. Please contact us if you have not already indicated your consent. 


So you can be confident that donations are used appropriately, our Donations Policy is available. The Newtown Textile Museum Donations Policy is available here


Textile Museum and Finance - an update April 2020
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Past newsletters and articles

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If you would like to read some of our past newsletters, click this link to find them all.