Warner Textile Archive
Located in the heart of Braintree, Essex, the Warner Textile Archive is the country’s second largest collection of flat textiles, and narrates the rich history of a great British industry from its roots in the late eighteenth century to the flourishing success of Warner & Sons in the twentieth century.
The collection contains nearly 100,000 textile and wallpaper samples, paper designs, documents and other industry records representing two centuries of creativity and commerce.
Public gallery and shop: Wednesdays 10am - 4pm
Research and group visits to the Archive store are by appointment only: 01376 557741
Children free (when accompanied by a paying adult)
- Museums Association
Free parking including space for coaches and mini buses. Ramp to entrance, visitors' toilets.
British jacquard hand weaving from 1821- 1971, printed and woven fabric produced by Warner & Sons between 1870 - 1970, wallpaper archive, point papers spanning 1790 - 1971, paper designs for printed and woven fabric dating from 1851, printing blocks dating between 1860 - 1939, assorted ephemera and photographs, collection of European and non-European textiles from all over the world dating from 1700s
Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Industry, Personalities, Social History, Trade and Commerce
Key artists and exhibits
- John Aldridge
- Edward Bawden
- Vanessa Bell
- Walter Crane
- Marion Dorn
- James Fitton
- William Folliott
- Alec Hunter
- Owen Jones
- William Morris
- Marianne Straub
- A.W.N Pugin
- Arthur Silver
- Bruce Talbot
- C.F.A Voysey
Heritage Open Days: Warner Textile Archive
- 12 September 2015
The Warner Textile Archive is a unique record of the history of textile manufacture and design since the 18th century.
The archive includes every example of woven and printed fabric produced by Warner as well as examples produced by other companies.
Housed within the archive is an extensive collection of original artwork by leading designers and major artists who were commissioned by Warner to produce fabric designs for palaces, stately homes, liners, hotels as well as ordinary homes.
- Any age
Warner Textile Archive
The official website of the Warner Textile Archive