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.


Sat 10 November – Sat 26 January 2019
Exhibition Room
The Sentiment of a Simple Object: A Button
Olive Rowell. 
An installation of hanging textile art explores what buttons mean to individuals, and how they have been used to represent people.  If you would like to contribute to the artwork with your own donation, attach a button to a label with an explanation of what it means to you.  Olive can be contacted through or through her blog, where you can follow the progress of the project at

Sat 15 September – January 2019
Matching Sets
A selection of twinsets and matching garments from Hawick Museum collection shed light on the development and the varied styles of this famous symbol of the Hawick knitwear industry.

For more information contact Shaureen Lammie on 


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

1 Tower Knowe

Tel: 01450 377 615