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

Warner Textile Archive is open by appointment for Group Visits and Behind the Scenes Tours 2022

Take a look at our website for further information or contact us to discuss a visit, call 01376 328868 or email museum.info@bdmt.org.uk

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