Gallery Displays at the Warner Textile Archive

The Archive Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday and on the first Saturday of the month, 10am – 4pm.

Groups are welcome to visit the Archive and enjoy our displays at other times, by appointment – please call 01376 557741 for details.

Morris & Co.
Design and Manufacture at Warner & Sons

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In the Gallery you will  find our William Morris display. The display celebrates the relationship between designer William Morris and Warner & Sons, looking at their important role in developing and supporting British design and manufacture.

Selected items will explore the creative relationship between Warner & Sons and Morris & Co., including their mutual appreciation for the natural world within design and craftsmanship. Beautiful hand-woven and block-printed textiles, as well as paper designs and photographs, will come together to uncover a new dimension to Morris’ celebrated legacy, demonstrating important developments in the dyeing industry, changing how design was accessed by the population.

In particular, recent research has explored the relationship between Morris and celebrated dyer Thomas Wardle. Following an introduction by Warner, these men held great reverence and mutual appreciation for this more technical side of textile manufacture.

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