National Wool Museum
National Wool Museum
Wool was historically the most important and widespread of Wales' industries. The picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre in the beautiful Teifi valley was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry earning the nickname 'The Huddersfield of Wales'. Shirts and shawls, blankets and bedcovers, woollen stockings and socks were all made and sold in the surrounding countryside – and to the rest of the world. Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spell binding story to tell.
Re-opened in 2004 following major re-development, this flagship museum is a new and exciting place to visit with something for everyone to enjoy. Visit the sympathetically restored listed mill buildings and historic machinery and see brand new features such as the glass roofed courtyard. A raised walkway gives a unique view of textiles in production at Melin Teifi, the site's commercial woollen mill, while a new gallery displays aspects of the National Flat Textile Collection for the first time. Families can have fun following the specially designed trail, 'A Woolly Tale', and create their own guide to making and using woollen cloth, trying their hand at carding, spinning and sewing along the way. The Museum's friendly staff are always on hand to give demonstrations and answer questions.
April–September: 10am–5pm, daily
October–March: 10am–5pm, Tues–Sat
Physical Mobility: There are 4 designated disabled parking bays located in the carpark, before crossing the bridge. Buses and coaches are requested to deposit passengers at the entrance on the road. From the car park there are flat paved routes into the museum which can easily be used by all visitors. However, please note that there is a downward slope from the road to the museum entrance and that there is a grassed expanse between the overflow carpark and the entrance. Two wheelchairs are available on request in the shop. The chairs are allocated on a first come first served basis and cannot be pre-booked, although any advanced requests will be considered. Seating is available at various locations throughout the museum. Please ask any member of staff if you require seating at any other location. There is a lift to the first floor in the main building. A stair lift is available in the Weaving Shed to view Melin Teifi at work.
Hearing Impaired: The galleries and exhibits have a good standard of written material to support the collections. Visual interpretation of the main exhibition theme is clearly displayed.
Visually Impaired: A number of museum displays have audio interpretation and there is use of ambient sound in some galleries. Some of the galleries have low light levels for conservation reasons, but walkways and text panels are clearly illuminated.
Learning Difficulties: Groups and individuals are welcome and activities are available if pre-booked.
Facilities: The museum’s café and shop are accessible to wheelchair users. Toilet facilities for the disabled are located off the main reception building and in the Resource and Collections Centre. Baby changing facilities are provided in the ladies toilet in the museum.
Dogs: Aid dogs are welcomed into all areas of the site. Water bowls are available on request from the café. All dogs must leave the premises to relieve themselves. Staff will advise on request.
Costume and Textiles, Industry, Science and Technology, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Welsh woollen industry
A Dark Cloud over the Woollen Industry
- 1 July — 29 November 2014 *on now
Exploring the desperation of the woollen mills, needing the contracts during the War to keep the mills open, and the use of Welsh national identity for recruitment. The Welsh Army Corps wanted to promote a Welsh national identity by clothing the new army in native homespun cloth – `Brethyn Llwyd`. It was short lived and never used for active service.
- Any age