The Braintree Museum and The Warner Textile Archive

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09.48am
Train departs for Braintree

11.30am
A short walk and a visit to the Braintree Museum

Braintree has for centuries been at the centre of the textiles trade and the arrival of Courtauld’s three silk mills in the mid-nineteenth century brought great prosperity. The Warner family, having been involved in the silk industry from the seventeenth century, moved their company to Braintree in 1895 producing a range of high-quality textiles. The Braintree Museum vividly records the history of the town and its industries.

12.45pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Visit to The Warner Textile Archive

Three-pile velvets, intricate woven silks, cutting-edge designs of the nineteen twenties and thirties are just some of the highlights of Warner’s Textile Archive. Housed in an original nineteenth-century mill, the Archive is a unique record of textile manufacture and design since the eighteenth century and includes almost every example of woven and printed fabric produced by the Company, together with original artwork by leading designers of interiors ranging from palaces and country houses to liners and hotels.

5.00pm
Train departs for London (arriving at 6.01pm)

Meeting Place
Liverpool Street Station