Town Hall Summer School

August 20, 2019 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Our Town Hall Summer School continues this week with two more sessions – Geoff Travers’ Willow Weaving today (Tuesday) and Phil Lucas’ Trowbridge Postcards and Ephemera tomorrow (Wednesday).

  • Willow Weaving: Geoff Travers will be demonstrating his amazing skills weaving willow withies from 11am. Drop-in and see him at work.
  • Trowbridge History: Phil Lucas is taking his collection of postcards and ephemera for you to look through. It’ll be a fascinating glimpse into the town ‘s past. Phil will there from 11am to 3pm.

Both these sessions are free, but if you enjoyed them and would like to make a donation that would be appreciated.

Not In A Pub Quiz, April

April 16, 2019 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Monthly Quiz at Leykers, White hart Yard

Not In A Pub Quiz at Leykers

The next Not In A Pub Quiz at Leykers takes place on Sunday 8th September, 7.30. £2.50 per player, max. 6 per team. See you all there for more brain-frazzling questions.

Leykers are open from 7pm so pop in nice and early, settle down with a drink and have a go at the picture round.

See you all in September.


Learning and Outreach Service – Important Notice

March 28, 2019 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Dear Teachers,

As you are all aware Trowbridge Museum is going through a major £2.5m Heritage Lottery Fund/Town Council funded redevelopment and currently we are running an outreach-only service for schools. Unfortunately, we have decided to temporarily suspend our school learning and outreach service until January 2020, enabling us to focus on the developing the new museum’s displays and enacting the activity plan. We will honour any existing bookings, but will not take any more bookings for 2019.

One of the key elements of the project is the creation of new primary and secondary school workshops which will focus on the area’s textile and weaving heritage, as well as new STEM workshops which will draw on the Museum’s industrial machinery displays and the processes involved in the woollen cloth manufacture. We are looking for schools to help us develop and trial these workshops over the coming 15 months. If you are interested in working with Trowbridge Museum at this exciting time, please get in touch. We are also planning to host a number of INSET days, which will promote our new and expanded education offering. We’ll notify schools as these are arranged.

From the start of April 2019, we will be based in the Civic Centre at St Stephen’s Place and although we are not able to run outreach workshops we are in a position to loan out history resources from our handling collection.

We are very excited by the expansion project which will see the Museum double in size. The new Museum, which is due to re-open in August 2020 will feature new displays interpreting the social and industrial heritage of the Town and a brand new Learning Hub. Our policy on charging will remain the same with schools within the area served by the Town Council having free access to Museum-based workshops.

If you have any questions about Trowbridge Museum’s Learning and Outreach service then do please get in touch with either myself, David Birks, or my colleague, Nikki Ritson, on 01225 751 339 or email us at or

We look forward to working with you and your students in the future.

Yours sincerely,

David Birks
Learning and Outreach Officer

Not In A Pub Quiz 2019 is back!!!

January 24, 2019 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Trowbridge Museum’s Not In A Pub Quiz continues throughout the year on the second Sunday of the month (except  August) starting at 7.30pm, and once again, Leykers will be providing the venue (big thank you to Tracy and Graham). The quiz is a mix of interesting, amusing and sometimes challenging questions and the winning team wins a hefty (more…)

Dismantling the loom in the weaver’s cottage

July 5, 2018 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Today the loom from the weaver’s cottage is being dismantled and numbered. This is being done by Hanne Dahl and Carl Maddox and his team, with advice from Janet Phillips. They are photographing how it all fits together and numbering the parts ready for re-assembly in the new Museum. It’s all gone rather well apparently, come back in two years to see

Carl and his team dismantling the loom


We are now closed until 2020

June 12, 2018 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Onwards and Upwards: Museum Expansion

Celebrating our rich and unique textile heritage and creating an attraction of regional significance

We will be closing to the general public on June 2nd, 2018 so that Onwards and Upwards, our fantastic multi-million pound expansion of Trowbridge Museum supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Trowbridge Town Council, can begin. It will offer insight into the rich textile related heritage in the heart of the town, transforming Trowbridge Museum into a regionally significant heritage attraction by doubling its size and extending into the second floor of its premises in The Shires. It will be more accessible to a wider audience, offering improved facilities and learning opportunities for all ages. (more…)


November 30, 2017 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

We would like to thank all those people who have bought lottery tickets in the last year and so contributed to the funding for our Onwards and Upwards expansion project. We are taking part in the national #ThanksToYou Heritage Lottery Fund event which means that from 12th to the 15th December you can pop into the Museum and receive a free thank you gift pack. The week will culminate in the opportunity of a free tour on 15th December of the upper floor of the Museum that the HLF are helping to us to develop into a truly unique Museum space. The tour is between 4:30- 5:30pm and will include wine and nibbles, so do pop along and enjoy the amazing views of the townscape.

Terms and Conditions

  • One National Lottery ticket provides free entry for up to one family of six on the tour.
  • All National Lottery games qualify for free tour, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid on 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th December for the gift pack and 15th December at 4:30pm for the tour.
  • Trowbridge Museum has the right to refuse entry in the unlikely event of venue reaching capacity, as well as unforeseen circumstances.

For more information email

Not In A Pub Quiz 2018

November 17, 2017 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Monthly Quiz at Leykers, White hart Yard

Not In A Pub Quiz at Leykers

The next Not In A Pub Quiz takes place on Sunday 10th May, 7.30 – 9.30 (doors open at 7pm), at Leykers in White Hart Yard. Leykers will have a selection of delicious cocktails and nibbles available on the night. I believe the bramble is particularly pleasant!The current league leaders are Ritson’s Rejects on 229 points with Trowbridge Fog 11 points (more…)

Its official: Onwards and Upwards!

October 5, 2017 | Uncategorised | David Birks | No comment

Our £2.4 million expansion plans were given a significant boost this week with a National Lottery grant of £1,172,500. This was the biggest grant to be awarded in Wiltshire.

Trowbridge has a rich and rare townscape built upon the manufacturing of West of England woollen cloth…Now Lottery funding is set to conserve the historic building, expand gallery space and create new facilities for visitors including a lift and library and learning space. Displays will be reimagined and the textile heritage of other buildings will be told through a new app.


Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said, ‘Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support Trowbridge Museum as it begins an exciting new chapter in telling the story of the town and its fascinating heritage. As well as conserving the historic Home Mill, this project will transform the way collections are displayed, improve access for people of all ages and create vital new community and learning space’.

Trowbridge Museum News

February 7, 2017 | Uncategorised | admin | No comment


Phone01225 751339

EmailFor Museum expansion project:

For general enquiries:

For learning enquiries:

LocationTrowbridge Museum
The Shires Shopping Centre
Court Street
BA14 8AT

The Museum is closed until 2020

Thank you to Trowbridge Camera Club
for images used throughout the website

Thank you to Leykers, White Hart Yard
for supporting the Museum