Newtown Textile Museum - Open from 1 May 2017

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The Textile Museum is situated at 5-7 Commercial Street in Newtown.The building is a fine example of a typical early 19th century weaving shop. It consists of two floors of six (now three) back-to-back cottages and two large rooms on the second and third floors running the full length of the building. The six cottages would have housed a family each. Most members of these families would have worked in the weaving shop on the two floors above either as handloom weavers or with associated work.

In 1962 the late Major Peter Lewis of Newtown formed a committee to purchase and preserve this building and to create a record of the history of the woollen industry in Newtown. Volunteers worked hard to create a textile museum which was opened to the public in 1967. In 1990 the museum charity was transferred to Powys County Council.

During 1995-1996 the museum was restored and renovated, resulting in a venue meeting the standards of a modern museum in terms of environment, care of collections and interpretation. It was closed by Powys County Coouncil in 2015.

In June 2016 the Museum was transferred to a local charity, the Montgomeryshire Community Regeneration Association (MCRA) and a volunteer committee - Newtown Textile Museum - reopened the museum in August 2016.

Having been closed over the winter, it is now open again for the summer months.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Re-opening 1 May 2017
12.00 - 4.00 p.m:

Saturday open from 10.30 - 4.00

Bank Holiday Mondays

We are open at other times by appointment. School visits will be welcome. Telephone: 07517 981996

FREE ADMISSION. Donations invited.

Admission charges

Donations sought.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Social History

Newtown Textile Museum - Open from 1 May 2017
5-7 Commercial Street
SY16 2BL






01686 622024


01938 554656

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