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UK Textile Archives

Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities

Home for a comprehensive collection of Honiton Lace, with two galleries featuring examples of lace from the 16th to early 20th century; with opening times, visitor guide, and details of lace-making classes.

Coldharbour Mill

A two hundred year old spinning mill in Devon, built to spin woollen and worsted yarns; includes a history, visitor guide, and information about their education support.

Dress and Textile Specialists

Promoting best practice in curatorship within dress and textile collections. Offers news and events information, with newsletters and resource booklets.

Fashion and Textile Museum

London museum founded by Zandra Rhodes. Contains information for visitors plus details of exhibitions and events.

Fashion Museum

A visitors' guide to a museum based on the private collection donated to the city of Bath by Doris Langley Moore, designer, collector, writer, and scholar; with details of exhibitions and events, and contacts.

Friends of Helmshore Mill Textile Museum

Formed to promote and support a museum of Lancashire's textile heritage, created in two original textile mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill; includes newsletter, events, and links.

Harris Museum and Art Gallery

A regional museum housed in a Grade I listed Neo-Classical building in Preston, free since 1893, and with significant collections of textiles and clothing; includes information about their collections and exhibitions, education services, and practical details for visitors.

Knockando Woolmill Trust

Aims to preserve as a working concern in the Spey Valley one of very few surviving small scale woollen mills in the world. Includes a history, with audio-visual resources, a description of the project and its products, and news and a blog.

Lace Guild Museum

The Guild's collection of lace of all kinds, bobbins, shuttles, netting needles, threads and related materials; with contacts and how to arrange a visit.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Once the largest woollen mill in the world, now an industrial and textile museum in Leeds; includes a visitor guide and history.

Macclesfield Silk Museums

Presents details of this silk museum which covers three sites; includes a virtual tour.

National Wool Museum

Offers an overview of the features and galleries at this museum which chronicles the importance of wool in Wales' history. Located in Dre-Fach Felindre.

Quilt Museum and Gallery

Europe's first museum dedicated to quilt making and textile arts. Features details of the museum's collections and events programme. Located in York.

Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills

A working textile museum in the Derwent Valley, Debryshire, the best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton mill. Includes a visitor guide, history, and information about their exhibitions and facilities.

Stroudwater Textile Trust

Promotes awareness of the woollen industry in the Stroud Valleys and celebrates contemporary textiles. Includes a visitor guide and history of the Dunkirk Mill, events, and their education programme.

The Textile Manufactures of India

An 18 volume set of fabric sample books put together in 1866 by John Forbes Watson and published by the India Office of the British Government.

University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA)

Collects, preserves and documents textiles and related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world; provides a guide to their collections, visitor information, links and events. https://www.facebook.com/LeedsULITA

Verdant Works

A museum and attraction that weaves the story of Dundee's jute industry; includes historical background, visitor information, and details of their education programme.

Warner Textile Archive

Britain’s second largest collection of flat textiles, paper designs, pattern books and other materials chronicles the rise of the industry; includes a visitor guide, with information about their projects, research, and exhibitions programme.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

A visitor and historical guide to a piece of Hampshire's industrial heritage, producing silk since 1817.

Yorkshire Fashion Archive

Based in the School of Design at the University of Leeds; documents and researches 20th century clothing and accessories from the Yorkshire region.

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