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. 

The expansion, opening in May 2020, will give visitors the opportunity to engage with our textile past in Home Mill, discover new skills and be inspired by our contemporary exhibitions. It will include a range of brand new features and exhibits:

  • Expanded creative zones & workshops
  • Enhanced temporary exhibition space
  • Weaving & textile related courses
  • Costumed interpreters for mill experience
  • Handloom weaving
  • A brand new learning space
  • Meeting rooms, with a spectacular view of Trowbridge
  • Improved displays of our remarkable textile machinery

The project also offers visitors a variety of new unique experiences, where you can weave your way through the story of West of England cloth and discover innovation, revolution and riches…

  • Historic architecture
  • Unique textile machinery
  • Engaging collections
  • Hands-on experiences
  • New large library & research facility
  • Refreshment space
  • Longer opening hours
  • Enhanced accessibility

Visit our facebook page for regular news or pop into the Museum or Information Centre to view some prospective designs. If you would like to support us, donate or you simply wish find out more about this unique community project, please contact us.