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Housed within the archive is an extensive collection of original artwork by leading designers and major artists who were commissioned by Warner to produce fabric designs for palaces, stately homes, liners, hotels as well as ordinary homes.
The archive also includes documents and photographs relating to the history of Warner's business in Braintree. The Warner Textile Archive Gallery is a celebration of the fabrics and designs within the archive. Colour, shape and texture are the key words to describe the Gallery. Every drawer and display case takes the visitor on an exciting visual voyage of discovery from Warner’s unique three-pile velvets, the intricate woven silks of Owen Jones, cutting edge designs of the 1920s and 1930s, the boldness of the 1950s through to the iconic designs of the late twentieth century. The Warner Textile Archive is part of the Braintree District Museum and Study centre Trust. A visit to the archive wouldn't be complete without popping into the District Museum in Manor Street, to discover the important role Braintree has played in the development of Britain's textile industry.

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  • COVID-19 measures in place
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      Road Directions

      Directions from Braintree Village – CM77 8YH (refereed to as Braintree Freeport on road signs) 

      Drive past Braintree Village with it on your left

      Go straight over at the traffic lights

      At the roundabout take the first exit onto Mill Hill and go under the bridge

      At the roundabout take the second exit up Rose Hill

      Go straight over at the traffic lights

      Carry on straight and go straight over at the second set of traffic lights, down South Street

      On your left with be a series of white weather boarded buildings, turn left down Silks Way and follow the road round into the Archive car park

      Public Transport Directions

      A five minute walk from Braintree Town railway station and Braintree Bus Park.

      Warner Textile Archive Group Visits

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      Warner Textile Archive, Warners Mill, Silks Way, Essex, CM7 3GB

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