Research Visits to the Warner Textile Archive 

The Warner Textile Archive, Silks Way, Braintree, Essex is open by appointment to individuals who would like to study and research objects, documents, photographs and textiles from our collection.

What happens on a visit?

Who can book an appointment?
Individual visitors, who are researching through an institution, can make an appointment to visit the Collection.

The Collection is open by appointment only, from Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm.

Booking an appointment
To request an appointment, please complete a Research Visit Form and email to

Within the booking form you will be asked to explain either the objects, or the area you are researching or interested in.

If you need to cancel your appointment we would be grateful if you could let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer it to others.

Please note that Archive staff cannot undertake research on behalf of enquirers.

Photography and photocopying
Photography is not allowed. During your visit, a member of staff will note the items you require imagery of. Usable, low-resolution images will be emailed after your visit after a ‘Permission of Use’ form has been signed.

Upon arrival, you will need to provide personal identification which must include a photograph. Acceptable forms of personal identification include:


Coats and bags
Coats, large bags, umbrellas and suitcases are not permitted in the Archive Store. A public coat rail is available at reception. Food, drink, newspapers and pens are not allowed in the Archive Store.
Please bring a notebook and pencil with you.

Access and facilities for visitors with disabilities
Please advise staff at time of booking details of any requirements so that the appropriate level of assistance will be available when you visit.




Subscribe to our Monthly Newsletter

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Your details will be held securely and will not be shared with third parties.