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 top two floors above three pairs of two storey back-to-back houses on the lower floors.
Newtown's development into a centre of industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages. 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.
We hope you will find the Museum an interesting and enjoyable place to visit.
All year access
You can still enjoy some of the stories of our objects on our social media sites and our Collection page whenever our building is closed, and don't forget to try some of the jigsaws.
Thinking of JoiNING us
We are always keen to recruit new volunteers. In the summer season we would welcome more volunteers at the Museum but there are other jobs as well, even in the winter. Now is a great time to get involved.
Sign up now if you missed our volunteering open day. We can still arrange for you to visit the Museum so we can tell you about the ways you can share in telling our story. Email us at:
The Museum is open again.
We are so looking forward to 2022 and seeing you at the Museum over the summer.
We will be open from 12.00 - 4.00 every Tuesdays Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
We can offer small group tours at times when the Museum is closed to the general public. We can also offer speakers to come to your venue to talk about the hand-loom weaving industry in Newtown. Contact us to find out more.
Covid-safe requirements are in place at the Museum.