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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
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The Newtown Textile Museum is currently closed because of the pandemic. However we are monitoring the situation closely and will be open to visitors as soon as it is considered safe to do so. As the building is quite spacious, we should be able to manage social distancing, with some strict hygiene measures in place. We are really looking forward to seeing people enjoy the Museum again.
We have a new exhibition all ready to go on display when we are open. In a normal season we plan to have two exhibitions, one on a textile theme, and the other on an aspect of social history in the town. This year's textile exhibition has been postponed to 2021, but with luck we will be able to host the exhibition on 'The Welsh Warehouse football team that went to war' if we are able to open later in the summer.
In this quiet period, we have been taking steps to promote some of the objects in our collection. There are two new pages on our website. Come-inside has pictures and the story behind some of our objects. We have also created digital Jigsaws-for-fun from some of our photos of objects in the Museum to entertain people during lockdown. Work is also in progress towards creating a virtual tour of the building. It will be loaded up onto our various sites as soon as it is complete.
We have also been busy on social media, with new Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts. Do keep an eye on all of these, and keep in touch with us over the summer.

Links to social media sites:
Web: www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newtowntextilemuseum
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/textilemuseumnewtown/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/newtownm


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The Judge's Lodging

Presteigne Powys Wales
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'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. The Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as 'Britain's Best Hidden Gem' and it was Highly Commended in the 2019 Welsh Hospitality Awards. A visitor recently summed their impression up in the Visitor Book as 'breathtaking in its authenticity'. 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. Yes – gaslit! The whole house is lit by completely by period lighting – once you enter the realms of the Judge's rooms, there is not an electric light in sight! 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. There's a host of new activity chests to explore too. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on:

If you need to relax, the museum also runs a pop-up tearoom throughout the summer and school holiday periods, where you can grab some locally roasted coffee and cakes baked just 100 yards away.

When Lord Chief Justice Campbell was staying in the building whilst visiting the court in 1855, he claimed that it was "the most commodious and elegant apartments in all England and Wales". We are pleased to say that little has changed since his time, although there are now flushing toilets and everyone is allowed to sit in the Judge's chair!

If you want more information on any of the museum's work or activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat.

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Robert Owen Museum

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

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