Free entry – Donate online or at the museum Open 10am – 5pm daily

Textiles Gallery

Open daily

  • 10am to 5pm
  • Recommended for all ages
  • Free
  • Great Western Warehouse
  • Step-free access throughout. Wheelchair-accessible toilets near museum main entrance. Read our facilities guide.

See the machines that made Manchester’s cotton famous worldwide.

Dubbed 'Cottonopolis', Manchester was once the international centre of the cotton industry, and Oldham’s Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd. built textile machines for mills across the British Empire. The city’s landscape is still shaped by its textile heritage.

Visit the Textiles Gallery to watch original 19th century machinery spin yarn into cloth in our daily demonstrations.

Learn about the characteristics of different materials, and have a go at braiding and weaving.

Follow the production process through design, printing and finishing, and find out what happens to textiles when they’re recycled.

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