Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill
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Whitchurch Silk Mill was built on the River Test in Hampshire in 1800, during the reign of King George III. Silk has been woven here since the 1820/1830s. Now a working museum open to the public, the mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 5.00pm
Last admission at 4.15 pm

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Senior citizens £4.00
Children 4-16yrs £2.50
Students £4.00
Family ticket (2+3) £10.00

Please contact us for prices for groups and school parties


  • Museums Association

Have a go at weaving, learn about the origins of silk and feel gorgeous fabrics. What you can see: * A unique early 19th century textile mill in the middle of the small country town of Whitchurch, Hampshire; * Skilled weavers during the week; * Victorian winding, warping and weaving machinery; * The fine silk yarns and shimmering fabrics; * A working water wheel; * The clear water of the River Test, said to offer the best trout fishing in the south of England; * Duck pond, mill leat and the occasional heron!

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Industry

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Clay Man

In the Making

  • 27 June — 30 July 2017 *on now

Featuring pieces from a small, select group of designer-makers including silk weavers, potters, glass and metal workers, cabinet makers, jewellers, printmakers and sculptors – all members of the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen.
Create in clay workshops running:
4 July, 1:45pm – 3:35pm (adults) - £30
28 July, 2pm-3pm (children) - £10
Price includes materials and tuition
Pre-booking essential: info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk / 012 56 892065

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal museum entry fees apply:
£4.50 adults, £4 concessions, £2.50 children
£10.00 family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children)



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Whitchurch Silk Mill

The Tailor of Hampshire

  • 29 June 2017 7-8pm *on now

Join Textile Conservator Sarah Howard as she delves into the only surviving ledger of George and Benjamin Ferrey, tailors in the seaside market town of Christchurch at the turn of the 19th century. From these fascinating and illuminating accounts, she will shed light on the fabrics, styles and costs of garments, as well as the often-colourful background of their clientele.

Sarah Howard BA, PGDipTexCons, ACR is a freelance Conservation Consultant and Textile Conservator who works for a variety of museums and heritage organisations offering advice, support and practical conservation treatments.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.00 per person
Telephone: 01256 892065
Email: info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk
or book via Ticketsource.



Green Man

Create in Clay (Workshop for adults)

  • 4 July 2017 1:45-4:45pm

Create your own stunning Green Man out of clay in this workshop led by the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£30 per person (includes all materials and tuition).
Booking: info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk / 01256 892065.

Victorian girl from 1837

Mrs Darcy's Dressmaker and Keeping Jane

  • 5 — 6 July 2017 7-8:45pm

The year is 1837 and Mr and Mrs Darcy are anticipating the marriage of a beloved daughter. Join Mrs Darcy’s dressmaker as she stitches the gowns for this great occasion, and shares snippets of gossip picked up from fitting to fitting. Scandal loves an audience, and the antics of the Darcy family’s wider circle provide more than enough delicious fuel for this 40-minute one-woman play.

After a short interval, Textile Conservator Sarah Howard will share her experience of conserving two surviving textiles reputedly worn and made by Jane Austen, a silk pelisse coat and a cotton patchwork coverlet.


£12 adults / £10 concessions
Booking via ticketsource or directly from Whitchurch Silk Mill:
Telephone: 01256 892065
Email: info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk



Clay animals

Create in Clay (Workshop for ages 7+)

  • 28 July 2017 2-3pm

Create your own model animal out of clay in this workshop led by the Hants and Berks Guild of Craftsmen.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£10 per child (includes all materials and tuition).
Booking: info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk / 01256 892065



Whitchurch Silk Mill
28 Winchester Street
RG28 7AL

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01256 892065

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