Group Visits

Group visits to the Warner Textile Archive provide the perfect opportunity to discover more about the Archive and gain exclusive access to the Collection. With a wide variety of packages available there is something for everyone, even if you’re not a member of a group!

We can accommodate groups on most days of the week, with the exception of Wednesdays and Sundays. Please contact us for a booking form and to check the availability of your preferred date.

For more information on group visits or to check availability, please contact the Archive by calling 01376 557741 or emailing archive.visit@braintree.gov.uk.

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Detail of handwoven Spitalfields silk, 1743-1752.

The Morden Package
£8 per person excluding refreshments
£11 per person including tea, coffee and biscuits

Discover the rich history of Warner & Sons and how the Warner Textile Archive was created with this fascinating group visit. An introductory talk on the history of Warner & Sons and the Warner Textile Archive allows you to hear how the original weaving mill operated and about the depth and quality of the design that is housed in the Archive’s collection of over 100,000 items. Enjoy some light refreshments whilst you explore the Archive Gallery, discovering the stories behind the original textiles, paper designs and printing blocks that are on display.

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Handwoven three-pile silk velvet

The Clarendon Package
£15 per person including tea, coffee and biscuits

This group visit is ideal if you want to discover a little more about the Warner Textile Archive and gain an exclusive look at some of Warner & Sons fabulous work. Enjoy an introductory talk on Warner & Sons before being given the chance to view a selection of designs from the Archive store in the Archive Gallery. This is the perfect package for people who want to discover more about the Archive and gain a unique chance to view some of the extraordinary works in its care.

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Detail of ‘Fern & Wreath’, hand woven silk.

The Kingley Package
£20 per person including tea, coffee and homemade cakes

If you’re looking for exclusivity then this is the package for you. Gain access to the Warner Textile Archive store where over 100,000 items are carefully archived including over 60,000 textiles and 10,000 paper designs. Enjoy a talk on Warner & Sons whilst you are shown some of the fantastic collection in our care. After your private visit to the store you will have time to browse the Archive Gallery, discovering more of the collection and its rich history.

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Detail hand woven silk and gold brocade fabric Rossiter woven for coronation of Queen Mary in 1911.

Invitation to View
£18 per person including refreshments

Invitation to View is perfect if you’re looking for the benefits of a group visit but are not part of a group. Gain access to the Warner Textile Archive store where over 100,000 items are carefully archived, whilst enjoying a talk on the history of Warner & Sons. After your private visit to the store you will have time to browse the Archive Gallery, discovering more of the collection and its rich history.

To book a place on an Invitation to View visit please contact The Mercury Theatre by calling 01206 573948 or online atwww.mercurytheatre.co.uk.

We are located at:
Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way, Braintree CM7 3GB

Archive doors open 15 minutes ahead of the visit’s start time.
Free parking is available adjacent to the Archive for a limited number of vehicles. Alternatively, we are a five minute walk from Braintree Town railway station and Braintree Bus Park.

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