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Making Silks & Velvets for Royalty: Warner Textile Archive celebrates Braintree’s connection to the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953

29 Apr 2022 |

[Hilda Carver and Lily Lee present the velvets woven for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II] As Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2nd June 1953 at Westminster Abbey she was surrounded by fabrics created by Warner & Sons. By […]

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Volunteering at the Warner Textile Archive – Clemency Dyer Central Saint Martins January 2022 Placement

02 Feb 2022 |

Placement Student Clemency Dyer talks about her time volunteering at the Warner Textile Archive in January 2022 In the Warner Textile Archive there is a large twentieth-century Jacobean style powerwoven collection. Over the past month I was tasked with looking […]

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Moquette and Marianne Straub

02 Feb 2022 |

Queen Elizabeth II on Piccadilly Line 1973 tube stock, 16 December 1977. Central Saint Martins Textiles Placement Student at the Warner Textile Archive, Clemency Dyer, explains Marianne Straub’s connection to Transport for London in the 1960s Moquette Marianne Straub was […]

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Volunteering at the Warner Textile Archive by Theo

01 Dec 2021 |

I have spent several months volunteering at the Warner Textile Archive; cleaning up the records of the Marianne Straub items in preparation for an exhibition at Braintree Museum. Having recently finished university, I wanted to gain more experience in museum […]

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Listen to the EIRA podcast to find out more about the University of Essex and Warner Textile Archive research collaboration.

01 Dec 2021 |

Listen to the EIRA podcast to find out more about the University of Essex and Warner Textile Archive research collaboration. Listen to the podcast here: https://www.essex.ac.uk/blog/posts/2021/09/22/the-warner-textile-archive The collaboration between the University of Essex and the Warner Textile Archive was supported by Enabling Innovation: […]

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News from the Archive

09 Apr 2020 |

Archive Closure Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Archive is currently closed and will remain so until the Government advise it is safe for Museums to open again. This closure has meant we have had to cancel our programme of […]

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Women’s History Month: Ann Warner and her legacy

07 Mar 2020 |

In 1839, tragedy struck as Benjamin Warner died. At the point of his death, Warner managed the family business making loom harnesses and as an engineer for Jacquard Looms. His wife, Ann, stepped in after Warner’s death and took over […]

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Enid Marx and Utility Textiles

04 Feb 2020 |

On 1 September 1939, France and the United Kingdom declared war on Germany following their invasion of Poland. By the end of 1945, six years after war was declared, the conflict had spanned across the globe, and resulted in the […]

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Bauhaus in Britain: The work of Otti Berger for Helios

27 Jan 2020 |

Few movements in design history have captured the public’s imagination like Bauhaus has. Bauhaus was an avant-garde German design school that operated between the years of 1919 to 1933, when it was forced to close from pressure by the Nazi […]

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The Braintree Space Race: 50 Years On

20 Jul 2019 |

History was made on 20 July 1969 when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully landed twelve men on the moon. At the height of geopolitical tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States of America, an estimated […]

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