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.

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National Needlework Archive

Old Chapel Textile Centre Situations Vacant

Events Manager (paid) – One fixed day a week but to include 10 Saturdays a year. Organising fund-raising events at the Old Chapel.
For further details please email nat.n.a@live.co.uk


General Administrative Assistant (paid) – One fixed day a week. Writing letters, answering emails, taking bookings, general admin.
For further details please email nat.n.a@live.co.uk

Volunteers required – We really need a few more volunteers to help in our new shop area, greeting visitors, stewarding and helping in the tea room.

We also need a couple of volunteers to help our events organiser, and in the office. For further details please email nat.n.a@live.co.uk

We could not operate without our volunteers.


Volunteers are welcome any time for as long and as often as you wish.


If you have free time to give, please contact us, you don't have to be a needlecraft person to offer help.


We welcome man and women alike, young or not so young, just bring a smile and willingness to help.