Adult Workshops

We have lots of exciting adult art and craft workshops for the summer and autumn, plus our first ever art auction. To book a place please visit Ticket Source

Cute and colourful crochet
Thursday 20 July
10am – 12 pm
Cost: £12
Tutor: Hannah Randal Morris

Discover the joys of crochet in our cute and colourful crochet workshop. Once you have learnt the basic granny square, you’ll be able to crochet a baby’s comforter, then you can try triangles or make some charming baby bunting. This workshop is suitable for all skills levels and Hannah will teach you about colour changing, blocking and different joining methods. All materials are provided but if you have a favourite crochet hook bring it with you.
About the tutor: Hannah got hooked on crochet two years ago when she taught herself how to make a granny square, from there she has gone on to learn many new techniques and has realised that even a simple granny square can become so much more than just a square

Drawing Trowbridge’s weaving history through its looms
Saturday 19 August
11am – 2pm
Cost: £15
Tutor: Patrick Hallissey

Join local artist Patrick Hallissey in this session which focuses on drawing the historical looms in the museum. You will be able to study and draw the developments of the loom, from the Anglo-Saxon to the industrial time. You will be working with various drawing and painting techniques.
Materials and refreshments included.
About the tutor: Patrick is a local artist and former art teacher. He has been sketching and painting Trowbridge town-scapes for the last 30 years and knows all the hidden corners.

Art Auction
Friday 8th September, 6-8pm

Trowbridge Museum is proud to present an Art Auction on Friday 8th September from 6-8 pm, a unique opportunity to purchase original high quality art and design. The auction will take place on the fantastic surroundings of the third floor of Salter’s Mill.

The work will be selected from local artists and craftspeople and includes 2D and 3D pieces. We are pleased to have the support of Jerwood Prize founder, Anita Taylor, as well as the Cloth Road artists. The silent auction starts at 6pm and followed by open bidding on selected higher value items. Tickets are £10.00 and include refreshments and a catalogue, and are available from

Hand loom weaving for beginners
Saturday 30 September
10am – 3pm
Cost: £40 (£35 Friends of Trowbridge Museum)
Tutor: Hanne Dahl

If you would like to find out more about hand weaving, or are considering taking up weaving as a craft, this taster day is well suited to you. We will be examining how to weave simple patterns and you will leave the course with a good basic knowledge of weaving, the looms that exist and which would fit your needs, your own book of samples and weave recipes. The designs we will be exploring are based on the historical textiles found in the museum. The session is suitable for complete beginners or people with only a basic knowledge of weaving. This price includes all materials and refreshments.

Hairpin Crochet
21 October
11am – 1pm
Cost: £15
Tutor: Europa Davidson

Hairpin crochet may be worked in a variety of yarns to produce thick, warm rugs or light delicate garments – and most things in between. The technique is easy to learn and the work grows quickly. This course starts from scratch and will introduce you to the basic technique. We will begin on a scarf together which you can complete on your own after the course. All materials are included in the fee.

Practical Netting (2 week course)
Saturday 28 October, 1-3pm and Saturday 4 November, 11am -1pm
Cost: £30 for the course (2 sessions) (£25 for Friends of Trowbridge Museum)
Tutor: Europa Davidson

Netting is a craft that dates back at least 4000 years. There are paintings in the Egyptian tombs showing hunters with nets. The same technique of netting is used today, though the more varied yarns gives us a greater range of possibilities for the completed work. In this 2-part course, we begin with the basic technique for netting a square or diamond mesh. Once this is mastered, you may wish to explore netting other patterns, embroidery on net or make a net string bag for the groceries. All materials are included in the fee.
Europa is a lace/knotting and tatting enthusiast and she travels the world to attend international conferences to get updates on the techniques and their history.

Creative Christmas Cards
18 November
10.30am – 2.30pm
Cost: £20 (£15 to Friends of the Museum)
Tutor: David Birks

In this workshop we’ll be using two printmaking techniques – mono-printing and poly-printing – as we design, print and assemble a set of 6 Christmas cards. Both techniques are simple to learn, encourage lots of creativity and are great fun. The session is ideal for beginners needing lots of guidance, or for those with a little experience it’s an opportunity to experiment and develop your skills. The price includes all materials including card blanks and envelopes.
David is a printmaker and museum educator with many years’ experience leading printmaking workshops for adults and children.

Felted Christmas Cards
25 November
10.30am – 1pm
Cost: £12
Tutor: Nikki Ritson

Starting with dyed raw fleece you’ll learn the techniques of wet-felting and needle-felting to create a unique Christmas card. Nikki will guide you through the various processes involved in wet-felting to create a basic design that can then be embellished with needle-felted details. Felting is very quick and easy to learn and lots of fun to do.
Since learning how to felt Nikki has led several successful felting workshops in Museum.

Felted Christmas Decorations
9 December
10.30am – 1.30pm
Cost: £15
Tutor: Nikki Ritson

In this workshop you’ll be making charming Christmas decorations using the technique of needle-felting, which involves pricking raw fleece with a fine barbed needle. It’s very easy to learn and fun to do, you can create shapes free-hand or use pastry cutters as a template, and by the end of the session you’ll have made several lovely and unique decorations for your tree. 

Please note that the workshops are subject to change. In the event of a cancelled workshop, we aim to inform you 2 days before the starts date of a workshop and you will receive a full refund.

If you need to cancel a workshop, refunds will only be given if you give us at least one week’s notice before the start of the workshop. If you give us less than one week’s notice, no refund will be given.