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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

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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

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.

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CURRENT OR NEXT EXHIBITIONS:

Tuesday 27th August  to Thursday 3rd October

EXHIBITION OF LACE

From Newbury Lace Group

Plus

Saturday 5th October and Sunday 7th October

CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR

Something different this year!  We shall be featuring our ‘Craft Shoppe’ where instead of separate stalls we shall have all sorts of craft items, food and drink etc. from lots of different crafts people displayed as a wonderful mixed and colourful shopping emporium.

We now have the facility to take payment by all of the major credit cards at the Old Chapel Textile Centre.

You can pay in person with your card when you visit or over the telephone when booking group visits and workshops.