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The Textile Museum in Newtown

Our mission is to conserve the 1830s building in the form of an attractive Museum providing an excellent tourist venue through presenting and interpreting material relating to the woollen and associated industries in Newtown between the end of the 18th and early 20th centuries. We aim:

  • To collect, care for and promote the material culture relating to the woollen industry in Newtown during the late 18th, until the early 20th centuries.

  • To provide a vibrant and welcoming centre for the presentation and interpretation of this material culture.

  • To stimulate and develop interest, especially among local individuals, groups and schools, in the history of the woollen industry in Newtown.

  • To support and improve the tourism development of the area. 

Information about us

On this page you can find:
Information on the Trust and Committee
Past highlights and reports
Past newsletters
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.  Dan Brawn was appointed as a Trustee and the Trust Secretary in April 2023.  

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

If you would like to receive our newsletters regularly, please use the form on the Contact Us page.
If you would like to read some of our past newsletters, click this link to find them all.