Borders Textile Towerhouse

Borders Textile Towerhouse lets visitors discover the knitwear and tweed story, how the Borders woollen industries reached the height of luxury and fashion.

You will see garments, fabrics, objects, photographs and art, revealing over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the Borders Industry.

We are a lively, hands-on venue, suitable for all ages. Changing exhibitions bring in contemporary fashion and design - and watch out for our textile events and workshops throughout the year.

In the Tom Scott Room you can view paintings by this noted Scottish watercolourist, and enjoy touchscreen access to the Museum's collection of his work. 

You will also discover the fascinating history of this 500 year old tower from the days of the Border Reivers.


Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

Throughout 2017, Borders Textile Towerhouse invites you to help us celebrate the richness of Scotland's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology. Why not look at the events below and plan your next day out?

Over and Under

Hawick’s world-famous knitwear developed from high quality underwear into luxurious outerwear in the early 1900s. This exhibition shows the evolution of the product through a selection of garments, documents and objects from Hawick Museum collection.

Sat 23rd September – January 2018


A World of Woolly Wonder!

Susan Thomson

Fibre-painted artwork depicting landscapes, seascapes and flora.  Retired teacher Susan Thomson’s first exhibition is inspired by her fascination for painting with fibres and the effects that this can produce by using different techniques, silks, embroidery and colours “… like a palette of paints ready for mixing”.  Artwork for sale.  

Susan will host workshops throughout the year.

Sat 28 October – January 2018

Exhibition Room

Makers Christmas Market

Following the success of last year, even more makers from across the South of Scotland will gather to offer unique, high quality, handmade items.  Hosted by Hame Made (Hand Knitted Cashmere). 

Fri 8 – Sat 9 December



Check out the Borders Textile collections here.

Gift shop

Border Textile Towerhouse shop stocks good quality, unique and locally sourced gifts, toys and original artworks alongside specialist books on crafts, textiles and local history. The range is continually updated and showcases the talented crafts people of the area.

Education and Learning

Organise a fun-inspired visit for your pupils or students. Visit Heart of Hawick for more information.

Contact details

Tower Mill
1 Tower Knowe

Tel: 01450 377 615