Braintree District Museum Trust Group Visit Programme


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)

  1. The current exhibition
  2. Highlight History of Braintree
  3. Courtaulds the business and family
  4. Crittalls

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)

  1. Warner & Sons Through the Ages
  2. Royal Connections and Commissions
  3. Warner & Sons at The Festival of Britain

All group visits include refreshments. Visits last between 1½ – 3 hours depending on visit option and size of group. Maximum group size 30 people.

About Braintree Museum

Based in the former Manor Street School, Braintree Museum conserves and celebrates the history of Braintree and surrounding area, focusing on the industrial and cultural achievements as well as its notable personalities:

About the Warner Textile Archive

The Warner Textile Archive is the largest publicly owned collection from a luxury textile manufacturer in the UK. The collection is a rich design resource documenting the history of Warner & Sons, a company that produced fabric for royal weddings and pioneered manufacturing techniques that have never again been replicated.

To book please call 01376 328868 or email

Lunar Rocket - fabric

As part of an Invitation to View visit you will gain exclusive access to the archive collection where you will see a selection of the different fabrics and designs produced, along with a talk on the history of Warner & Sons. In the archive shop you will find jewellery, scarves, books, greetings cards and other gifts, many of which are based on designs from our collection.

The tour includes a gallery talk, a visit to the archive store, and tea or coffee with biscuits and cake.

2½ hours

£20.00 per person.

Full disabled access across the whole building.


“Excellent such an informative and enjoyable visit. Thank you.”

“Friendly staff and a beautiful collection. I shall come again.”

“I just wanted to write and say a very big ‘thank you’ after our visit on Saturday. You made us most welcome and we were fascinated by the history of the Archive and by all the exhibits. What an interesting morning! Please convey our thanks to the lady who showed us and let us ‘share’ all those lovely samples of fabric.”


Warner Textile Archive is taking part in Heritage Open Days

Saturday 11 September 2021: 1000-1600 and Saturday 18 September 2021: 1000-1600

Book in to enjoy a behind the scenes visit to Warner Textile Archive where you will be able to walk around part of the building that housed the original Warners Mill. There will be a talk delivered by our Archivist giving a brief history of Warner & sons and the role the Archive plays today. You will also be able to access our Archive Store and get the opportunity to see items not normally on display.

All visits must be booked in advance by calling Braintree Museum on 01376 328868

For more information about Heritage Open Days see their website:

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