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.

Summer exhibitions 

Two exciting new exhibitions have opened at Borders Textile Towerhouse in Hawick for the summer.

In the exhibition room Sheet Music will be on display until Sunday, August 26.

The art work by Borders based illustrator Kirstin Johnston is inspired by popular music and the intricate creations include paper designs that are hand cut with a scalpel and then meticulously placed to form a whole image.

Paper is placed between two panes of glass to create a floating effect that enhances the play of shadows featuring music and lyrics.

All artwork is for sale and a paper cutting workshop will accompany this exhibition on Saturday, July 28.

In the catwalk area, local company William Lockie are displaying their top-quality products while charting the history of the oldest, family run, knitwear company in Hawick. William Lockie: Handcrafted in Hawick since 1874, is on display until Sunday, September 9.

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