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The Textile Society

The Textile Society is run by and for people with interests in all branches of historic and contemporary textiles. Established in 1982, the charity promotes the history, culture, design and study of textiles as well as offering awards and bursaries.

Our broad range of members who include: makers, designers, historians, artists, educators, industrialists, curators, collectors, researchers, hobbyists, dealers, writers and conservators; all with a passion for textiles.


Membership provides

Links with like-minded enthusiasts 

Opportunity to discuss and share ideas

Access to specialists in their field



Our conferences and research symposia offer opportunities for networking and in-depth study.

We host two Antique Textile Fairs a year in Manchester and London, which support our bursaries. Both offer the opportunity to see, learn, touch and purchase natique and vintage textiles and dress, attend talks and demonstrations.

We offer visits, in depth study and behind the scenes trips to appeal to a wide variety of interests.



Our annual TEXT journal features specialist articles and NEWS, issued three times a year keeps members connected.



The Textile Society offers awards to undergraduate and post-graduate students, musuems, conservators and textile professionals.


For further information and for ways to join the Textile Society visit our website or call 0207 923 0331

Follow the Textile Society on Facebook and Twitter @textile_society.

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