Home to England’s second-largest collection of flat textiles, the Warner Textile Archive narrates the history of a great British industry from its local roots to global recognition.
With around 100,000 items, including over 60,000 paper designs, photographs, rulepapers, ledgers, hand-woven silks and printed textiles, the Warner Textile Archive collection documents nearly 500 years of design history.
The archive also documents the successes and innovation of textile manufacturer Warner & Sons from the late 1800s.
Housed in an original Grade II listed Warner & Sons mill building, the collection comprises stunning textiles and inspirational paper designs, as well as original printing blocks, photographs and other documentary material.
A permanent gallery exhibits collection highlights including fabrics created for the Royal family, complemented throughout the year by a calendar of temporary exhibitions – aiming to inspire the designers of the future as well as offer a view of the past.