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 June 2016 the Museum was transferred to a local charity, the Montgomeryshire Community Regeneration Association (MCRA) and a volunteer committee set up to run it.The museum re-opened in August 2016 for 2 months.

Since May 2017 the Museum has again been open and welcomes all visitors. We aim to tell the story of 'Fleece to Flannel' and how Newtown's history has been closely associated with the woollen industry, particularly hand-loom weaving. Stories relating to other linked industries in the town such as tanning, and clog making are also featured. Newtown is famous for the early development of Mail Order - through Pryce Jones and others, so this is another aspect of our story.

In addition we have looms and spinning wheels set up, with volunteers on hand, particularly on Saturdays to demonstrate and let visitors try their hands at these crafts.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Re-opening 1 May 2017. Closing 30 September 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. email enquiries to:

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


01547 560311

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