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Antique Textile Fair

Manchester ATF

Sun 6th March 2016
10am-4.30pm Trade entrance: 7.30- 8.30am

Armitage Centre
Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE


As ever, we will have a fantastic range of Antique and Vintage Dress and textiles from around the world, and spanning 4 centuries from the 16th Century to the 1970s. There is everything a collector and enthusiast could wish for, from dress, accessories, textiles and sewing ephemera to rugs, carpets, books and advice on conservation. You will find dealers specialising in textiles from around the world, including India, Africa, Italy, Spain, France, England, China and Japan, and they are happy to discuss and share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

The trade fair is supported by 'Upstairs', where we host a vibrant display from Guilds, Societies, Artists, Museums, Academics and Practitioners. This is also the venue for the Textile Society Bursary Awards, and the finalists will be displaying and talking about their work ahead of the awards announcements in the afternoon.

All profits from the ATF support the work of the Textile Society by funding the awards and bursaries programme, including the Student Bursary; Museum, Archive & Conservation Award; the Lucienne Day Award; the Professional Development Award and the Critical Writing Award.

Entrance and Tickets

The talks programme and upstairs guild fair is free.
Entrance to the trade fair is:
Standard (from 10am) £6
Concessions £4
Trade from 8:30 £10
Trade before 8:30 £20

Book online and avoid the queues!
Eventbrite - The Textile Society's Manchester Antique Textile Fair 2016

Talks Programme

11am: Eiluned Edwards: ‘Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India’.

12pm: Anna Watson, Lancashire Archives: ‘Highlights of the Horrockses Archives’.

1:30pm: Brenda King: ‘Stitching Narrative: Leek’s version of the Bayeux Tapestry’.

2:15pm: Sharon Bainbridge: 'The value of Archives within Higher Education: the work of Fashion Designer Gerald McCann’.

The Venue

The Armitage Centre is fully wheelchair accessible.
There will be a café selling hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and hot food.

AA signposting will be in place and there are free car parking facilities. SATNAV M14 6ZT

Buses from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station, route numbers 40-49 (except 47) along Oxford Rd.