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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

Country Wife Mural

National Needlework Archive in Newbury. The national record of textiles in the UK. 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

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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Old Chapel Textile Centre

National Needlework Archive in Newbury. The national record of textiles in the UK.

There are now revised times of opening for The Old Chapel on Saturdays.

The Old Chapel will be closed on Thursday 2nd June Bank Holiday, but will be open on Saturday 4th June


From 1st May 2022 to end of season on Thursday 8th December 2022

the Old Chapel Textile Centre will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
(10am to 4pm)

but only the

FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
(10am to 4pm)

(Free demonstrations at 10.30am - see Activity Saturdays page)

The Green Sewing pop-up shop at 21 Northbrook Street , Newbury, is open 10am to 4pm Tues to Sats but ceases after the 21st May 2022.

After that date our online Green Sewing shop will operate, or visit our actual shop at The Old Chapel.

This year we are recording all community textile projects celebrating the Royal Platinum Jubilee.  Please contact us for further details.

The Old Chapel Textile Centre is a working building that welcomes visitors.  
However, to protect some of our vulnerable staff we are still requiring compliance with certain Covid safeguarding measures from all visitors and staff.

• Face masks must be worn when in the Centre.

• Hands must be sanitised on arrival.

• Visitors’ temperature may be taken on arrival.  


We recommend taking a test before arriving at the Centre to avoid disappointment if the temperature test result is too high.


Many thanks for your understanding in this matter.

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


Talks about The Country Wife and viewings take place at 11am and 2.30pm on most Old Chapel open days.  As The Country Wife is due to move position within the conservation room during the Spring/Summer of 2022 viewing may be suspended to allow this to take place.  Please call in advance to ensure access is available on the day you wish to visit.