Explore Sunny Bank Mills rich heritage in our archive
The Sunny Bank Mills Archive represents a unique look at over 180 years of cloth production at the mill and the lives of those who worked here.
360 degree archive tour
Explore the archive in 360 degrees and listen to June Pearce's oral historyExplore!
Over 60,000 lengths of fabric
A variety of different looms
Fabric records including over 300 guard books containing thousands of textile cuttings
The archive will reopen for bookings from 17th May
Saturday Bookings - 30 Minute Visits
Monday Bookings - Longer Visits
Monday bookings are for longer research periods and are booked via form below:
Suggested donation of £5 per person welcome. The Archive is a not for profit organisation and any donations will be reinvested into the ongoing running of the archive.
The Archive offers limitless inspiration for all subjects from textiles, history and design, creating connections from the past to the present.
Large group visits are also available by appointment and can cater for your own group’s specialist interest. Visits include an introductory talk by our Archive Curator Rachel about the collection and the buildings that tell the stories of the Mill (charges apply).
This nationally important Archive consists of:
- Fabric records including over 300 guard books containing thousands of textile cuttings
- Over 60,000 lengths of fabric
- Over 8,000 fabric designs
- 5,000 wool dyeing recipe cards
- 100 leather bound ledgers and cash books
- Weaving looms
- Photographs and memorabilia
- A library of mill related books.