Warner Textile Archive
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Home to the largest publicly owned collection from a luxury textile manufacturer in the UK, the Warner Textile Archive is housed in the original Warner & Sons mill in Braintree.
The mill was refurbished in 2004 to hold the collection, which comprises over 100,000 items, including designs on paper, hand woven textiles, printed textiles, business records, photographs and manufacturing equipment.
At its height, Warner & Sons were producing fabric for royal weddings and funerals, and decorating palaces. The family business pioneered several textile manufacturing techniques that have never again been replicated.
Highlights of this collection and the history of Warner & Sons are on display in the dedicated Warner & Sons Gallery at Braintree Museum.