National Wool Museum
The Museum is definitely a place worth visiting if you are ever in Drefach Felindre in West Wales. This picturesque village in the beautiful Teifi valley in Carmarthenshire used to have the nickname ‘The Huddersfield of Wales’ because of its thriving woollen industry. Shirts, shawls, bedcovers and woollen stockings were exported all over the world and sold in local markets.
This fascinating museum is located in the former Cambrian Mills, which were built on the site of a small water-powered weaving workshop in 1902. You can explore the textile gallery with its unusual knitted socks from the 19th century and admire a wall of stunning blankets. You’ll get the chance to learn all about sheep shearing and how a fleece is changed to fabric. You can get up close to tools and machinery such as the electric powered ‘Willower’ which disentangles wool and you can experience carding engines in operation as they comb wool. You can even try carding and spinning yourself.
This museum makes an interesting day out for the whole family and it will be an experience you won’t forget in a long time.
Opening Times: April–September: 10am–5pm, daily;
October–March: 10am–5pm, Tues–Sat
Photo Credits: © Copyright National Wool Museum
For further information please visit: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/wool