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Warner Textile Archive, Braintree, Essex

Situated in part of the original mid-nineteenth century mill buildings, the archive has nearly 100,000 samples, designs and documents showing the history of Warner & Sons. Located in the heart of Braintree, Essex, the Warner Textile Archive narrates the rich history of a great British industry from its roots in the eighteenth century to the international success of Warner & Sons in the twentieth century. The collection contains nearly 100,000 textile and wallpaper samples, paper designs, documents and other industry records representing two centuries of creativity and commerce.

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Visitors can explore a selection of over a hundred textiles and designs in the permanent Warner Gallery. Changing temporary displays in the gallery and shop expand the range of items on view.

As part of an Invitation to View visit you will gain exclusive access to the archive store where you will see a selection of the different fabrics and designs produced, along with a talk on the history of Warner & Sons. In the archive shop you will find jewellery, scarves, books, greetings cards and other gifts, many of which are based on designs from our collection.

Tour features

Tour includes a gallery talk and visit to the archive store.


Excellent, such an informative and enjoyable visit … Friendly staff and a beautiful collection ... I just wanted to write and say a very big 'thank you' from us all after our visit on Saturday. You made us most welcome and we were all fascinated by the history of the Archive and by all the exhibits. What an interesting morning!


Silks Way is a turning off South Street; follow the road around behind the second row of white weatherboarded buildings and parking (including for disabled people) is available on the paved area at the back of the archive accessed from the left hand side of Silks Way. Please ignore the sign about coaches.

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Useful information

Price £18.00
Duration 2 hours

Tea or coffee with biscuits and home-made cakes.

Special restrictions

No photography, no dogs. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.

Disabled access

Full disabled access across the whole building.

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