About the directory

Initially, the directory listings will be by area of the country. As the directory builds up we will introduce an index and search facility. The information will be as complete and accurate as the contributors are able to supply. Charges for entry will be listed where applicable but users of the directory should always do their own research to verify any information about an entry that is particularly important to them. The Guild cannot accept responsibility for accuracy or changes relating to any entry.

Example entries:

Venue: Royal Yacht Britannia

Address: Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ

Accessible: Summer 09.30 to 4.30, Winter 10.00 to 3.30.

Appointment required: No

Entry fee:

Venue Contact: For more information on getting to the Royal Yacht visit

Piece: Exquisite silk embroidered panels


Location: Above HM The Queen’s bed onboard The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Brief description: The silk embroidered panels were designed and created in 1953 and were the inspiration of Joan Nicholson, a young British designer, chosen by Sir Hugh Casson (HM The Queen’s chosen designer for Britannia’s State Apartments).

History (if known): TBC

Period or date (if known): TBC

Materials used: TBC

Contributed by: Sonia J. Lee and Bob Downie – Royal Yacht Britannia

Contact contributor: None available



Other information: The Queen wanted the embroidery to remind her of home when she was traveling abroad, with hedgerows, wild flowers and butterflies. Ivory silk from France was chosen for the background and it took several skilled workers many months to complete at the Royal School of Needlework in London.

Venue: Warner Textile Archive

Address: Silks Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3GB

Accessible: Wednesday from 10.00 to 4.30

Appointment required: Individuals - No. Groups - Yes

Entry fee: Yes

Venue Contact: Kate Wigley – Commercial Manager kate.wigley@braintree.gov.uk


Collection: Over 100 items.

Location: Archive Gallery

Brief description: Includes early 20th Century Chinese jacket, printing blocks, royal silks and original drawings

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Other information: The Warner Textile Archive in Braintree, Essex, is the second largest collection of flat textiles in England, after the V&A. Amongst its records, in addition to some 60,000 fabrics, are paper designs, drawings, production ledgers, print blocks, photographs and documents, totalling nearly 100,000 items.

The Archive is a valuable source of inspiration for booked groups, to research and enjoy the Archive Store along with nearly 100 designs on permanent display in the gallery area.

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