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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.

The NNA Library

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus conditions, all the NNA libraries will remain shut until the Spring of 2021.  


The NNA has an extensive reference library which is open to the public. Annual and day membership is available (photo ID and proof of address required, and small fee payable). The library opens subject to staff being available and we recommend phoning first to ensure access if you are coming especially to use the library.


The library contains books, magazines, instruction leaflets and patterns covering many aspects of textiles.. We are always delighted to have donations of these items, and related social and women’s history, to enhance the research value of our collection.