Warner Textile Archive

Silks Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3GB

Archive of over 100,000 textile and wallpaper samples, paper designs and documents showing the history of Warner & Sons and the evolution of English decorative taste.

Warner Textile Archive fabric two

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Key Information

  • Getting Here

Situated in part of the original mid-nineteenth century mill buildings in the heart of Braintree, Essex, the archive has over 100,000 textile and wallpaper samples, paper designs and documents showing the history of Warner & Sons.

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.

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.

Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.

As part of an Invitation to View visit you will gain exclusive access to the archive collection 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.

The tour includes a gallery talk, a visit to the archive store, and tea or coffee with biscuits and home-made cakes.

2½ hours

£20.00 per person.

Tea or coffee with biscuits and cakes.

Full disabled access across the whole building.

No photography, no dogs.


“Excellent such an informative and enjoyable visit. Thank you.”

“Friendly staff and a beautiful collection. I shall come again.”

“I just wanted to write and say a very big ‘thank you’ after our visit on Saturday. You made us most welcome and we were fascinated by the history of the Archive and by all the exhibits. What an interesting morning! Please convey our thanks to the lady who showed us and let us ‘share’ all those lovely samples of fabric.”

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