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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

Archives and Study Collection


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


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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.

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The Old Chapel is temporarily closed in line with government guidelines.  Unfortunately we have no idea when we will re-open so please keep an eye on this site or our Facebook page `The Old Chapel Textile Centre’ for up to date news. We will continue to pick up emails and telephone messages.

If you would like to support the NNA charity during this difficult time for us then please donate on JustGiving ‘National Needlework Archive’. Thank you.