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.

Warner Textile Archive

Silks Ways, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3GB

01376 316780


Opening times

Open every Wednesday and on the first Saturday of the month, 10am – 4pm

Free entry with National Art Pass

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