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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 Museum will re-open on 25 May.

As long as there are no changes to the Welsh Government regulations, we plan to open the Museum for the summer on Tuesday 25 May at 12.00 noon and will be opening each Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the end of September. As you would expect there will be appropriate measures to cater for Covid-safe requirements.

Although admission will still be free, a booking system will be in place for timed-entry visits to ensure that visitors are spread out through the Museum. The link to the Eventbrite booking system is here.  This gives details of the requirements for visiting the Museum at this time, though with the easing of restrictions, these may change.

 Full details are on :

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


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 Museum is housed in an 1830s hand-loom weaving factory which consisted of six back-to-back cottages which had one room downstairs and one room upstairs. Above these were two floors which housed up to 22 hand-looms. The building is largely intact and gives visitors a real sense of the life at the time. Newtown was known as the 'Leeds of Wales' in the early 1800s as the town became the centre of a thriving hand-loom weaving industry.

The stories we tell in the Museum relate to: the working and living conditions of the weavers and others who occupied the cottages; the journey of wool from 'fleece to flannel',; together with the industrial history of the town in the 19th century and associated trades in the town such as drapers, clog-makers and the leather industry. We also cover some of the significant people in the town including Pryce Jones. Credited with establishing the first Mail Order business in Britain he played a major role in the town's prosperity in the second half of the 1800s. Family historians who have weavers and spinners as ancestors will enjoy seeing how they lived and worked. Regular spinning and weaving demonstrations are held where visitors can try their hand at these ancient crafts, and other crafts days are also held.

In 2021 there will be an exhibition for the whole season called: "From sheep to sugar which traces the connection between the Welsh woollen industry and slavery." A fascinating story.

 See the website for details

Loom floor FrancescaMary JonesNew and old residentsPryce Jones flannelSampler

clog-shopFrancesca warping the loomloading the shuttle

  MG 7107corner of shop may 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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