Museum and Archive


Throughout Threads Weekend, our Museum and Archive will be open for drop ins. The Museum and Archive safeguards the history of the Mills for its local community and future generations through textiles, objects and stories. Containing over 60,000 lengths of cloth, 8000 fabric designs, 5000 dye cards, guard books and artefacts associated with nearly 200 years of cloth production it is a source of inspiration to history lovers, artists and anyone fascinated by heritage and textiles.

Children can also get involved in the Archive’s activity area and mill office, with an Archive trail and hidden sheep to find!

Open 10am – 4pm

£2 donation per person (under 12s free)

No prebooking required


See this temporary exhibition exclusively during Threads Festival weekend, featuring work and artifacts from the artists, creative and researchers inspired by our Museum and Textile Archive.

This exhibition marks the end of the Weaving Voices project for 2024 – a series of talks by those inspired by the Mills’ rich history and collection.

Over the course of the past year, we heard from weaver Agnis Smallwood, glass artist Liz O’Connell, ceramicist Sally Bate, paper conserver Shirley Jones, dye expert Andrew Filarowski and many others!

Entry included in the £2 drop in fee.


The Museum and Archive are based in Red Lane Mill off Water Lane and are accessible with a level entrance, disabled toilets and parking. Only assistance dogs are permitted in the Museum & Archive for the safety of the valuable and unique collection. You can view a 360 degree tour of the Museum & Archive here.