Study Mornings at the Warner Textile Archive

Join us as we celebrate our anniversary year with a series of special study mornings exploring the rich history of Warner & Sons. All study mornings run from 10:30am – 1pm at the Warner Textile Archive and are delivered by our Archivist, Paul Beard. The mornings include light refreshments and free on site parking. Early booking is advised due to limited spaces. £20 per person for each study morning, call the Archive on 01376 316780 to book.

Warner & Sons: An Anniversary
Date: Friday 17th April

Benjamin Warner, Wager Charles Sillett and Charles Ramm signed an article of partnership on 20th October 1869. The following year the new company, Warner, Ramm and Sillett, began producing woven furniture silks. The succeeding company, Warner & Sons, would quickly go onto become a prestigious brand. This first study morning in our Warner & Sons Anniversary season will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the brand and explore their industrial and design history.

‘New British Velvets’: Exploring Frank Warner’s triple-pile velvet
Date: Thursday 18th June

In 1916, Frank Warner received a patent for a new method of producing triple-pile velvet. Although technically impressive, the costs meant the production of these fabrics were short-lived. Once the loom was dismantled, his method became extinct and has never been successfully replicated since.
Join us for our second study morning that explores the history of velvet and celebrates innovation at Warner & Sons. There will be an opportunity to see a live demonstration on how to weave velvet.

East End to Essex: A social history of Warner & Sons in Braintree Study Morning
Date: Thursday 17th September

In 1895 Warner & Sons purchased Daniel Walters & Sons and moved production to New Mills, Braintree. Few could predict the important role that Warner & Sons would play in the social and industrial life of the town. This third, and final, study morning of our Warner & Sons Anniversary season celebrates the 125th anniversary of Warner & Sons coming to Braintree. Join us as you discover more about the role the company, and the wider textile industry, played in Braintree.

All talks take place at:
Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way, Braintree CM7 3GB

Archive doors open 15 minutes ahead of the talk’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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