Situated in part of the original mid-nineteenth century mill buildings, the archive has over 100,000 textile and wallpaper samples, paper 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.

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 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.

Invitation to View

Warner Textile Archive is available to visit only through the Invitation to View scheme.

Tour features

Tour 2-2 ½  hours  including gallery talk, visit to archive store and tea or coffee with biscuits and home-made cakes.


Tea or coffee with biscuits and home-made cakes.


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2019 tour dates

  • 4 April
  • 20 July
  • 5 November

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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.


Full disabled access across the whole building.

Special restrictions

No photography, no dogs.


All 2019 tours are £18.00 per person, with a discount for Historic Houses members.