The Old Chapel Textile Centre

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The Old Chapel Textile Centre

The Old Chapel Textile Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Lessons & Workshops
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The Old Chapel Textile Centre is the home of the National Needlework Archive and the Country Wife mural. This superb venue has an exhibition gallery, workrooms, library, small gift shop and tearoom. Do see our ‘Exhibitions and Workshops/Courses pages for details of exhibitions, classes and events, and for the latest and last minute details, see our facebook page.
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SorohW
4 contributions
Well-hidden gem
Jul 2019 • Solo
For those interested in textiles this is a good place to spend a couple of hours. Talks on the fascinating embroidered mural, 'The Country Wife' designed by Constance Howard for the Festival of Britain in 1951 are arranged ad hoc for small groups. Other exhibitions change regularly and there are monthly workshops so you can watch a demonstration and then try the skill yourself. Details can be found on the website.
At £7 to see the main exhibition and The Country Wife, you'll be contributing to the preservation of beautiful pieces and social history and are likely to be inspired to embark on your own creation. An Aladdin's cave of a shop provides the opportunity to buy materials, threads, yarn, patterns, etc quite cheaply.
The cafe had a choice of two cakes and generous pots of tea. If you have dietary requirements it would be worth giving a few days notice, or taking your own.
There is a toilet and parking nearby but if you go on a Saturday, you have to drive into Greenham Business Park until you see the sign outside the building.
After a couple of hours here we had a lovely meal at The Swan, 2 miles away.
Written July 6, 2019
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marybrookies
Landkey, UK6 contributions
'The Country wife'
May 2019 • Friends
A wonderful textile mural made for the festival of Britain in 1951. Now being conserved by a team at the textile centre in Newbury
A wonderful piece of art being restored and conserved for the future. Very interesting and inspiring really worth viewing.
Written May 31, 2019
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Helen W
Edinburgh, UK61 contributions
What a fascinating place
Mar 2018 • Friends
It may be small but it was lovely to visit a place run with such passion and enthusiasm. The changing displays were both worth a look but the highlight was the project to restore the immense fabric artwork exhibited at the Festival of Britain. We stayed so long we didn’t have time to enjoy the delicious looking home-made cakes. A bit tricky to find on the site of the old Greenham Common airbase but only because we were looking for a larger sign.
Written March 29, 2018
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Wilf268
Oxfordshire, UK3 contributions
Textile heaven
Oct 2017 • Friends
Lovely place with regular new exhibitions, talks on the restored Country Wife mural and great tea room for tea and cake
Written December 13, 2017
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grannypam51
Newbury, UK62 contributions
Good if your are interested in Textiles
Apr 2017 • Family
Run by volunteers who are always extremely helpful. Check website for some interesting courses being held here. Also - you can find haberdashery and material at low prices. Exhibitions are always interesting and well worth a visit.
Written November 6, 2017
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Arthur D
Newbury, UK223 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2017 • Friends
An interesting place if you are in to needle work. Displays change regularly and there are summer activities for children but these are not well advertised.
Written August 29, 2017
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zapotec99
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK30 contributions
Smocking Exhibition, The Country Wife
Apr 2016
Cannot swear to the visiting date, it was for an exhibition of smocks and smocking, an interest of mine. Very pleasant venue, surprisingly spacious inside, lovely folks running the place. Extremely interesting for anyone in fabrics and the history of needlecraft. There is a small shop in the Centre, where donated items of fabric, threads etc are sold to help fund the work undertaken there of conserving items and sustaining a pretty comprehensive library. I have informed my family that my fabric stash, threads, buttons, patterns, books, laces and machines are to be taken there following my demise after they and my sewing pals have had a good rummage so they can keep what is useful and sell what is not. The Centre is much lower profile than other fabric and textile museums , but very well worth a visit. It was lovely to see the large wall hanging, The Country Wife, made in the 1950s for the Exhibition of Britain being restored after many years of neglect, a stunning work of appliqué, fabric manipulation and embroidery.
Written March 26, 2017
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Janet Srode
Guildford, UK52 contributions
Country Wife wall hanging
Mar 2017 • Friends
This is a wall hanging that has survived since the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was held by the Woman's Institute and was handed to the Archive in 2010. There the volunteers have painstakingly restored it. If you have any interest in Needlework it is well worth a visit. We had a very interesting talk giving the history of the wall hanging and explaining the work that was being done. There is a small entrance fee. Also a small cafe with coffee, tea and cakes. There was also a superb exhibition of various works done by the volunteers. Worth a visit.
Written March 6, 2017
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GlobetrottingViking
Thatcham, UK2,226 contributions
Quaint Specialised Exhibitions
Sep 2016 • Couples
This small museum requires an interest in textiles. It is a bizarre collection of bits related to textiles and embroidery, lovingly cared for mainly by volunteers. They charge you £6.50 to enter, and unless you like the unusual or have a specialised interest in all things cloth, you might think this is too much. But they are in the final stages of preserving a huge textile mural called ‘The Country Wife’ which was made for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and for the moment you get a guide's explanation of the story behind this 4.5m x 5m stumpwork textile picture. There is more information on their website,
The Textile Centre is located in the Old Chapel building which once housed the military chapel of the British and American Forces based on the nearby airfield at Greenham Common until 1993.
Written September 4, 2016
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Arthur D
Newbury, UK223 contributions
Interesting but specialised
Aug 2015 • Family
I did not know about this place until I was asked to put on a display there. They seem to have a lot of keen volunteers and I am sure it is a great source of information.
Written December 12, 2015
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