A: Introductory talk on the history of Braintree and Braintree Museum £15.00pp (minimum £150.00)
B: Introductory talk on the history of Warner & Sons and the Warner Textile Archive (held at Braintree Museum) £15.00pp (minimum £150.00)
C: Introductory talk on the history of Braintree and Braintree Museum followed by a tour led by our Curator focusing on one of the following £20.00pp (minimum £200.00)
D: Introductory talk on the history of Warner & Sons (held at Braintree Museum) followed by a behind the scenes visit to the Warner Textile Archive focusing on one of the following £20.00pp (minimum £200.00)
All group visits include refreshments. Visits last between 1½ – 3 hours depending on visit option and size of group. Maximum group size 30 people.
To book please call 01376 328868 or email email@example.com.
Did you know that Braintree played an important part in the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953? From their factory in Braintree, Warner & Sons were given the opportunity to produce the silks worn by Elizabeth II, along with the decorative fabrics used to adorn Westminster Abbey. Join us on a behind the scenes tour at the Warner Textile Archive to learn about the process of making sumptuous velvets for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and how Warner & Sons pioneered the creation of Cloth of Gold, woven with real silver and gold thread. Warner & Sons have a long tradition of supplying fabric to royalty. From Queen Victoria to Prince Charles, our collection spans hundreds of years of silks and velvets created for special royal occasions and to furnish palaces. A Behind the Scenes Tour at the Warner Textile Archive allows you to explore the history of royal fabric design and see up close some of the most luxurious textiles in the UK.
Visits include an introductory talk on the history of Warner & Sons held at Braintree Museum, followed by a behind the scenes visit to the Warner Textile Archive store with an expert guide for CELEBRATING THE PLATINUM JUBILEE: SILKS AND VELVETS FOR ROYALTY where you will get the chance to see textiles made for royal events and palaces up close. The tour includes a short walk through historic Braintree to change venues. Price: £20pp. All tours include refreshments of tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits offered half way through your visit. The tour lasts approximately 2½ hours. Both Braintree Museum and the Warner Textile Archive have fully disabled access. In our shops at both Braintree Museum and the Warner Textile Archive you will find a range of gifts inspired by designs in the collection. To get in touch call 01376 328868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a variety of pay and display car parks in and around Braintree town centre. http://www1.parkingpartnership.org/north/about-braintree-braintreecarparks Disabled parking by arrangement.
Saturday 28th May 2022 10.30am -1pm
Thursday 30th June 2022 10.30am -1pm
Wednesday 5th October 2022 1pm -3.30pm
Friday 18th November 2022 10.30am -1pm
Join us for this free online lecture exploring the connection between Warner & Sons and royal fabrics, and how the company helped shape the style of royal events for over 100 years.
Warner & Sons began supplying fine furnishing fabric to royalty in 1887 when Queen Victoria placed an order for 39 pairs of curtains, 78 chair seats and backs and 23 sofa seats for a corridor at Windsor Castle. This was only the beginning for Warner & Sons. Dominating the fine furnishing silk market in the late-nineteenth century, Warner & Sons worked on royal commissions for numerous special royal events, including weddings and funerals, and helped decorate many palaces. Warner & Sons fabrics have been used at every coronation ceremony since 1902. Join us on this historical survey exploring the impact Warner & Sons had on royal style and see how textiles created for royalty are still in usage today.
This talk is a free event from the Warner Textile Archive, Braintree District Museum Trust, to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Booking is required in advance. The talk will be live-streamed on Zoom and you will receive details via email on how to access prior to the start time. Ticket booking will be suspended 3 hours before the start of the event.
The talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, including a Q&A session at the end. A recording of the online event is not included in the purchase of your ticket.