Onwards and Upwards: Museum Expansion

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

Onwards and Upwards is a fantastic multi-million pound expansion of Trowbridge Museum, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Trowbridge Town Council. 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 and updates or contact us for more information. If you would like to support us or donate to this unique community project, please contact us.

View our gallery below to see a preview of the planned designs.