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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
Description : 

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.

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The Museum is now closed for the winter, apart from a special event as part of Welsh Museums Festival Week,  over the weekend of 27/28 October - (see the website for details), and tours which can still be arranged for the winter months by contacting them.

The Museum will re-open on 2 May 2019.



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The Judge's Lodging

Presteigne Powys Wales
Description : 

'One of the world's most appealing small museums'

Dr John Davies, historian. 

 'Truly inspirational' is how HRH Prince of Wales described The Judge's Lodging on a visit to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Worsley exclaimed 'WHAT a stunning place!' after filming for the BBC in the building and the Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as 'Britain's Best Hidden Gem'. You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of Presteigne.

The Judge's Lodging has long had a reputation for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to the museum will treat you to all sorts of fascinating insights into Victorian living, from jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits and household maintenance hints. This award-winning historic judge's accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time. Wander through the judge's private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge's Lodging an historic house with a difference - you can touch!

You can lie on the beds, read the judge's books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants' rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy.

There's a host of special events and exhibitions to add to your entertainment. Every school holiday will come with exciting trails and activities to entertain the young, along with their own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants and things odd. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on facebook.com/TheJudgesLodging

Two exhibitions will make a special year in 2018: Circumstantial Evidence will run from May to mid-August. This selling exhibition of ink and gouache studies by artist Simon Dorrell, in celebration of the twenty-first anniversary of the building's restoration, sees these images juxtaposed with information on the lives of the servants and their masters. For the first time, the museum will be displaying images of some of the 'hidden' parts of the building and what the servants left behind, including some fascinating graffiti from Victorian servants. From late August to the end of the year Ladies of Llanandras will celebrate strong females from Presteigne's past and present, in recognition of the centenary of votes for women - midwives, teachers, shop-owners, publicans, community leaders - see how the women of the town have made it what it is today.

There will be new local history spaces to explore too, where you can find out more about the area, or just relax with a cup of coffee and even a game of chess.

The Judge's Lodging has also teamed up with the owner of Stapleton Castle, whose ruins occupy a commanding position over the town, to offer guided walks throughout the year. Tours last about an hour, taking in the 12th century castle site, ruins of the later house, the mill site and a stroll through the gardens. There is no general public access to the site and tours are only by prior arrangement, but bookings can easily be made by calling the owner on 01544 267327, preferably giving 24 hours notice. They will try to suit your requirements. Your personal tours are £5 per person, with a minimum charge of £25. All proceeds from the tours will be donated equally to The Judge's Lodging and the National Garden Scheme.

If you want more information on the castle walks, the museum and any of its activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat.

Photography by Dave Jones and Alex Ramsay.  Paintings by Simon Dorrell.




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Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine

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Robert Owen Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
Description : 

Robert Owen was one of the most influential thinkers and social reformers of his time. 

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