Knitwear and Tweed in Hawick
Borders Textile Towerhouse
The Library is currently closed as per Government restrictions.
Donations support us to continually enhance our offering, and our current charitable aims are to;
- Secure examples of work being produced in the Borders Textile industry now – preserving the present to be enjoyed by future generations
- Create learning resources for schools and communities
- Create reminiscence packs and activities themed around textiles and working in the mills to support those in our communities affected by and living with dementia
- Digitise our collection, making it more widely available to the public
Borders Textile Towerhouse is a 4 star visitor attraction and gives visitors a unique insight into the region’s knitwear and tweed manufacturing history. Displays of fashion, artefacts, photographs and film bring to life over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the local woollen industries. Changing exhibitions showcase local companies’ continuing presence in the world of quality textiles.
Our gift shop offers a range of quality gifts, books and crafts.
Also discover the fascinating story of this 500-year-old tower – the oldest building in Hawick – built at the time of the Borders Reivers. It later became a fine townhouse and then the leading local hotel, focus of Hawick’s Common Riding festival.
The building is home to a display of paintings by the noted Scottish watercolourist, Tom Scott (1854 – 1927).
Plan your visit
Make sure you complete your visit with a trip to the quality gift shop, which stocks locally-sourced gifts, toys and artwork alongside specialist books on craft and local history. A lively, hands-on venue suitable for all ages and have the ability to organise visits for pupils on request. Coach tours are also welcome.
We host a programme of fun and educational workshops and group tours and visits can be organised on request.
There is disabled access and toilets, a hearing loop and assistance dogs are welcome. There are baby changing facilities. The museum is accessible by public transport and there is free parking around Hawick.