Featuring the work of iconic designer Bernat Klein
Borders Textile Towerhouse
We are now closed for the Winter season but look forward to seeing you all in Spring 2022.
Borders Textile Towerhouse is open from Monday 28 June to Friday 24 December.
Borders Textile Towerhouse is a 4 star visitor attraction and gives visitors a unique insight into the region’s knitwear and tweed manufacturing history. Discover the story of Borders knitwear and tweed in a beautifully restored 16th century towerhouse showcasing displays of fashion, artefacts, photographs and film.
Bringing to life over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the local woollen industries the changing exhibitions showcase the best in the area’s textile design, fashion and crafts.
Amongst our new displays for 2021 we have exhibiting: Colour, Texture & Destination: An exhibition inspired by the creative and cultural legacy of Bernat Klein. A Needle Pulling Thread showcasing a lifetime of needlework expertise by Mary Bonsor. Creative Communities During Lockdown and finally Border Melodies by Eta Ingham Lawrie.
The Secret Room explores the buildings’ often turbulent history from its construction at the time of the Border Reivers. The Border Textile Towerhouse building itself is home to a display of paintings by the noted Scottish watercolourist, Tom Scott (1854 – 1927).
Our gift shop is open and offers a range of local quality gifts, books and crafts, we welcome people to come in and browse. We currently have a display of gifts to buy from local manufacturer Teviot Knitwear Hawick. Hawick made accessories that we have chosen particularly as the bright colour palette complements the Bernat Klein Exhibition, we currently have exhibiting. In addition, we also have 2 local artists calendars to promote Hannah Longmuir a well-established artist who has exhibited in several museum’s and galleries and Ann White Art. Please feel free to come in and have a look around.
Admission is FREE into the Borders Textile Townhouse however if you are able to make a donation to our charity it would be much appreciated. As a charity every penny you spend with us is reinvested into the museum.
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
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.