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Newtown Textile Museum

Address : 5-7 Commercial Street
Town/City : Newtown
County : Powys
Country : Wales
Post code : SY16 2BL
Web Site :  www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk

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.


Forthcoming Events

Talks and performances 7.00-8.00pm in the Museum. Doors open at 6.30
Tickets (£3) at the door. Free for NTM Friends.
21 June Carrie White Amelia Ray, Draper of Newtown, 1869 - 1878
26 July Stephanie Kemp Designed for Liberty. The story behind the exhibition
20 September Musical evening Weavers and their world – songs from the 19th ' Century performed by the folk charity TASC


20 July Maia Wells & Stephanie Kemp demonstrating at the Museum
17 August Debbie Francis, Katie Weston & Stephanie Kemp demonstrating at the Museum
21 September Katie Weston & Stephanie Kemp demonstrating at the Museum
Following our success with the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, we will have a textile student - Francesca - working at the Museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the summer.


Taster sessions 

Participants to try spinning and weaving under the guidance of experts.
6 small group sessions for up to six participants. Free but Pre-booking essential.
Booking form at the Museum or via the web, or email admin@newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk to reserve a place. Preference will be given to new bookings, but if vacancies exist, those who have attended one course can book into later sessions.
June 27 10.0 - 11.30 Introduction to Spinning Tutor - Shirley Elwell
Introduction to Weaving Tutor - Stephanie Kemp
These two will run concurrently so sign up to one or the other.
July 18 10.0 - 11.30 Tutor - Katherine Keatley
July 25 10.0 - 11.30 Tutor - Katherine Keatley
September (Two dates still to be finalised) Tutor - Katie Weston
At present the courses offered will be held during the day. We will try to arrange an evening course if there is demand.


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The Museum will be open for the 2019 summer season from 2 May until 28 September.

A new exhibition, weaving and spinning 'taster' sessions for visitors to try their hands at these ancient skills, and a series of evening lectures will be part of our summer season.  Check out the website or Facebook for details.



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