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Online Guide to Museums and Resources

Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection


Due to a number of generous donations there is a large collection of textiles, particulalrly the Joyce Clissold collection, plus Colleen Farr, Mary Harper, Diana Armfield, Mary Oliver, Eileen Ellis, and Marianne Straub.

Glasgow School of Art Archives


GSA's Archives and Collections houses a wealth of items relating to the School, its buildings, activities and personnel.

Goldsmiths Textile Collection


The textile collection illustrates the history of textiles at Goldsmiths from the 1940s to the present day and includes works by Goldsmiths alumni and other textile artists, as well as ethnographic and historical textiles and dress.

Heriot Watt University Textile Collection


The research collection of Heriot-Watt university. Mainly focused on woollen weaving, especially tweed and tartan. Also a large collection of Bernat Klein and Donald Brothers furnishing fabrics.

Kirklees Image Archive Samplers


Images of 86 samplers in the collection of Kirklees Museums and Galleries.

The website tells the story of the East Midlands knitting industry over the past 400 years. The database includes items from museums in the region.

The collections of the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA). They include wallpapers, textiles, designs, books, catalogues and magazines from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

A website dedicated to Norwich textiles, with a link to the Norwich Museums database, including pattern books and shawls.

Over 300 tie-on pockets of the 1700 and 1800s from the first survey ever made of women's tie-on pockets surviving in Britain.

The collection of the Quilters' Guild.

Scottish Textile Heritage Image Gallery


A small selection of images of textile collections in Scottish Museums.

A collection of interviews with quilters in Britain talking about their quilts. the result of a 3-year HLF funded project run by the Quilters Guild.

Textile Manufactures of India


The complete 18 volume set of fabric sample books put together in 1866 by John Forbes Watson. Hosted by the Harris Museum, Preston.

Textiles Collection, University for the Creative Arts at Farnham


The collection consists of over 3,000 artefacts. Woven textiles range from an important collection of Coptic textiles from 800-1000 AD through to British woollen cloths, Kashmir shawls, African strip weaving and Scandinavian furnishing fabrics from 1950 to 1990.

A database of world textiles, pattern books, weaves and embroideries housed at the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive (ULITA).

The William Morris Gallery holds the most comprehensive collection of objects relating to all aspects of Morris's life and work, as well as materials relating to the Arts and Crafts Movement and the artist Frank Brangwyn.

The Women's Library online catalogue contains detailed information about the collections which includes a large collection of banners.

Woolmark Company at London College of Fashion


The International Wool Secretariat, now The Woolmark Company, was established in 1937 to undertake research and the global promotion of wool. To that end, they built up a large library of promotional photographs and accompanying press releases.