Newtown Textile Museum

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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Textile Museum
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Speciality Museums • History Museums
Temporarily closedClosed until May 1, 2022
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Small group tours still possible in October. Special 2 day opening on 29/30 October as part of Welsh Museums Festival week, with a focus on weaving in partnership with Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown. The Museum gives a great insight into the woollen industry, its boom and bust cycles and the effect on the development and growth of Newtown during the 1800s. It covers the story of wool from fleece to flannel, and tells the story of the families who lived and worked in this rare building from that period. It opens during the summer months.
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Flyer695851
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Fascinating museum covering the history of the flannel weaving industry in Mid Wales with a particular emphasis on Newtown. Originally a Cottage industry it became large scale when Pryce Jones opened the Royal Welsh Warehouse and established the world's first mail order business.
Written 1 September 2021
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It is great when visitors share their enthusiasm for the Museum in Newtown, so thank you for your comments. glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 5 September 2021
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judi b
Krakow, Poland90 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I planned to spend an hour but there was so much to see I ended up staying 2 hours. This museum is entirely staffed by helpful, friendly, volunteers and is free to enter.
The volunteers were on hand to answer any questions and they certainly knew their stuff.
Written 27 August 2021
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It has been great to be allowed to have visitors again this year, and we are always delighted when people can spend time looking at so much of the town's history. Thanks for coming along.
Written 31 August 2021
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Marian P
4 contributions
Jul 2021
Visited the museum as I’d discovered that my great-great grandparents were flannel weavers in Newtown. I learned such a lot about how difficult their lives would have been, living with seven children in a one-up one-down house. How they were dependent on the owners of the looms for virtually everything. The museum is set in a perfect historical context within a couple of well-preserved wool makers’ cottages. It is extremely well curated, full of fascinating details about the way of life for the workers, the flannel/ woollen industry in general, how mechanisation destroyed the cottage industry and trade, transport and life in Newtown generally during the 19th century. Wonderful visit, highly recommended for an hour of anyone’s time. Amazing dedication from the few volunteers who run it. They are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to share their vast wealth of information, their passion and enthusiasm with interested visitors.
Written 1 August 2021
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We are always delighted to find visitors who had ancestors who were flannel weavers in Newtown. It seems to bring the place to life when you can go around and imagine great- great grandparents living in that sort of space. So glad you enjoyed it.
Written 3 August 2021
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mazShropshire
Shropshire16 contributions
Jul 2021
Wonderful little museum. Well presented and covers all aspects of wool weaving in one of the places where it happened. All interesting but especially the place of wool in the slavery trade.
Volunteer run by friendly and knowledgeable people. An excellent place.
Written 30 July 2021
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Thanks for coming to visit. It is always good to hear that our visitors enjoyed coming along. Make sure you tell your friends about us - 'word of mouth' advertising is really helpful.
Written 3 August 2021
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ChesterRambler
Chester, UK18 contributions
Jun 2021
A trip down memory lane for me and this wonderful museum was the highlight. Knowledgable and welcoming volunteers and so interesting to learn more about the lives of the 19th century families who toiled in the weaving industry. The setting brings the times to life and it was fascinating to envisage it in the context of the growth of the railways and the life of Pryce-Jones, the Welsh entrepreneur who developed the first mail order service and put Newtown on the global map.
Written 16 July 2021
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It is always good to hear from our visitors, and to know that we are giving you the sort of experience you wanted. We think we have a good story to share. So glad you enjoyed it.
Written 20 July 2021
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timetoponder
north east62 contributions
Jun 2021
We really found this an incredible place to visit albeit it sad and depressing to think that children as young as our own granddaughter, aged four were made to work twelve hour shifts underneath very noisy looms. The building is also part of that history, which also makes it all the more poignant as you are standing were the history you are reading about actually happened and this is not some stately home with wonderful clothes and furniture but the horrors of what was deemed to be acceptable.
Written 9 July 2021
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We are so glad you thought your visit worthwhile. Do encourage your friends to visit us too! We think we have a very special place for our Museum. As you say, it is not some stately home but it does give you a feel for what life would have been like in the 1800s in Newtown.
Written 15 July 2021
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Tigerlove50
Brithdir, UK84 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Had a lovely couple of hours spent at this delightful museum beautifully laid out and following the reality of how a family may have lived there. Lots of history of the area and how it developed into a textile town. Well worth a visit Free but a donation most worthy, volunteers helpful and informative. Showed us the buildings near by that had been also used at a similar time, very interesting. Display and video about the slave tree and wales’ involvement of the white flannel. Good to be reminded.
Written 25 June 2021
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It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum recently. We are so lucky to have the building that has not really changed much since the 1800s as we think it helps us to tell our story. Thanks for the review.
Written 7 July 2021
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Fiona L
1 contribution
Aug 2020
Fascinating museum. Being in the rooms gives you a really good idea about how people lived here originally. Good amount of information to understand the textile trade. Seeing the looms really brings home the amount of work it would be to set up and weave the cloth. The friendly volunteers helped fill in extra details.
The display about the football team in WW1 was an added bonus.
Written 17 September 2020
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We are lucky that the Museum building is still largely as it would have been nearly 200 years ago, and that it helps us to tell our story. We will have a new exhibition in 2021, so do come again. So glad you enjoyed it.
Written 30 September 2020
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Rufus5208
Lincolnshire2 contributions
Sep 2020
A very well organised museum with very knowledgable and helpful staff. We got a real feel for the lives and work of the people who lived in this building nearly two hundred years ago. The research into the ‘pals’ who left Newtown to fight in WW1, many of whom didn’t return, was very informative and moving. The doctor’s instructions on a poster from nearly two hundred years ago seemed very relevant for the year of COVID-19.
Written 9 September 2020
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It is great to know you enjoyed your visit. It is amazing how things from the past can still seem so relevant today, isn't it.
Written 30 September 2020
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holidayfish
Wanstead, UK58 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Really interesting find in Newtown - took a chance to visit as all the slots were sold out but the staff were happy to see us and welcomed us in as per the new rules... great information about the buildings and people of the time - the volunteers were all very knowledgeable if you had questions - you come out learning a lot.
Written 8 September 2020
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I am glad you were able to visit, it is a bit of a challenge making sure we abide by the new rules! I think we are lucky that the layout of our building has allowed us to adapt. Do tell all your friends to visit too - word of mouth is often the best form of advertising.
Written 8 September 2020
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Newtown Textile Museum is open:
  • Tue - Tue 12:00 - 16:00
  • Thu - Sat 12:00 - 16:00


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