BIID Evening Tour of Southside House 30th April 2019
Designers and textile enthusiasts are invited on a morning tour of the Warner Textiles Archive in Chelmsford.
The Warner Textile Archive is a rich design resource documenting the successes and innovation of Warner & Sons from the late 1800s. The Collection comprises stunning textiles and inspirational paper designs, as well as original printing blocks, photographs and other documentary material.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The tour will gain designers access to the Warner Textile Archive store where over 100,000 items are carefully archived including over 60,000 textiles and 10,000 paper designs. We will then enjoy a talk on Warner & Sons and shown some of the fantastic collection in the archives care. After the private visit to the store we will have time to browse the Archive Gallery, discovering more of the collection and its rich history.
9.50am – registration, tea and coffee
10am – Tour of the Warner Textile Archive Store with a talk from the curator/guide
11.30am – Break for refreshments, tea coffee and cake
12pm – Tour of the Archive Gallery
1pm – end
After the event, treat yourself to a trip to the nearby Cressing Temple Brans. Cressing Temple itself is steeped in history dating back to the 1100’s when it was given to the Knights Templar and home to three Grade I listed barns as well as Tudor built Walled Gardens.
In the 13th Century the Barley and Wheat Barns were constructed, which are described by the historian Michael Haag as being “the two finest Templar-built barns in Europe”. The Granary barn was built some time later in the 16th Century and is the largest granary in Essex.
To wet your whistle, ‘The Barns’ at Cressing Temple is a bright and vibrant tea room, offering a wide range of homemade meals with fresh and local ingredients.
WHAT YOU WILL LEAVE WITH
An insight into England’s second-largest collection of flat textiles and an introduction to the history of a great British industry from its local roots to global recognition.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Professional interior designers, students of interior design and textile enthusiasts
Prices are not inclusive of VAT.
About the venue
Warner Textile Archive is situated at Silks Way, Braintree CM7 3GB
The Archive's doors open 15 minutes ahead of the visit’s start time.
Free parking is available adjacent to the Archive for a limited number of vehicles.
Alternatively, the Archive is a five-minute walk from Braintree Town railway station and Braintree Bus Park. Braintree Station is easily accessible from London Liverpool Street Overground Station.
If you have any queries, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7628 0255.
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