Trowbridge Museum has a collection as diverse and varied as the people who lived and worked in the Town.

Trowbridge Museum Collections

Trowbridge Museum has a significant collection of textile related machinery on display, including a very rare Spinning Jenny, woollen cloth samples, tools and other material related to the West of England woollen cloth industry. We have a wide ranging social history collection and expansive costume collection, demonstrating life in Trowbridge and the surrounding villages throughout several centuries.

You can book to see our collection or purchase copies of images by contacting the museum team.

If you are considering donating any objects to the Museum please be aware we have a very clear approved Collections Development Policy outlining what we can and cannot accept, to read a brief overview of our Collections Development Policy please click here .

We have also made available our Documentation Policy and our Collections Care and Conservation Policy should you wish to view them.

Get in touch

Contact us below for Collections enquiries

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Witness the scale of the woollen cloth industry and Industrial Revolution through our collection of rare machinery, including a very rare complete Spinning Jenny.

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Cloth & Costume

Experience Trowbridge through the clothes that it’s residents wore, as well as garments created from world-renowned West of England cloth, woven here until the 1980’s.


People & Places

At the heart of our collection are the people who lived and worked in Trowbridge, from Henry de Bohun and Isaac Pitman, to mill owners and factory workers.


A Snapshot

Our collection holds over 6000 photographs and paintings. From large oil paintings to school photographs, they create a snapshot of the town’s history.

Trowbridge Museum is an accredited museum

The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It is a baseline quality standard that helps to guide museums to be the best they can be for current and future museum users. To read more about the Accreditation Scheme visit the Arts Council England website

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