National Needlework Archive

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The Old Chapel Textile Centre in Newbury, home of the National Needlework Archive, offer courses, workshops and exhibitions in sewing, haberdashery,  needlecraft, textiles, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting and textile art. Our shop carries an extensive range of all needlework and sewing products including fabric, threads, wool, zips and patterns. We have an archive of historic textiles and patterns and are home to The Country Wife mural.

National Needlework Archive

Old Chapel Textile Centre

Country Wife Mural

National Needlework Archive in Newbury. The national record of textiles in the UK. Old Chapel Textile Centre - Courses, workshops and exhibitions in all aspects of needlework and textile art. Extensive shop of needlecraft items. Home of the Country Wife Mural - Contance Howard's mural made for the 1951 Festival of Britain

Archives and Study Collection

The NNA specialises in community textiles. We keep records of textiles, an extensive reference library and a textile collection



Conservation of the  Country Wife  Mural  - made for the  Festival of Britain  1951

Designed by Constance Howard, and made by her and some of her students at Goldsmiths College, the mural now resides at the National Needlework Archive

All conservation work here is ‘on hold’ but our help-line via email is still open.

The Old Chapel Textile Centre is a voluntary community project providing space for needlework and textile courses, workshops, exhibitions, conferences and events and is the home of the National Needlework Archive and the 'Country Wife' mural circa 1951.

The  National Needlework Archive (NNA) was founded in 1998 as a charity and moved to The Old Chapel, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, in 2010. The chapel offers a great work space,educational space, as well as housing a growing collection of historical needlecraft items and database.

We aim to include all areas of the community in education and promotion of all aspects of needlecraft and textile art.

From 1st September 2020 the Old Chapel will be open to the public on Tuesdays 10am to 4pm and every Saturday morning 10am to 2pm.   

The Exhibition gallery, Country Wife room, Shop, and Café will be open on these days.

Please note that the site gate on Main Street is not open on Saturdays and the Business Park should be accessed via the Albury Way gate at the next roundabout.

Until 1st September 2020 the Centre shop only will be open on Saturday mornings 10am to 2pm.


PLEASE NOTE Due to recent Facebook changes our page [The Old Chapel Textile Centre]  is NOT currently working so the information there may be out of date.


Please see the National Needlework Archive ‘Just Giving’ page if you would like to support us. Thankyou.

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