Stroudwater Textile Trust

The Stroudwater Textile Trust is committed to promoting the Stroud Valleys’ rich textile heritage and to celebrate past and present textile practice, craft, and art.

We Manage the Dunkirk Mill Museum with its immense working water wheel and the Gigg Weaving Shed where you can try your hand at weaving, both in Nailsworth – see HERE for opening times.

• Visit Dunkirk Mill Museum to see historic machinery powered by an immense water wheel
• Discover what a teazle raising gig is and see one of the last remaining examples at work
• Find out how a machine designed to trim cloth inspired the invention of the world’s first lawn mower
• Visit Gigg Weaving Shed to watch weaving demonstrations on handlooms and a power loom
• Hear how Stroud scarlet cloth provided the uniform of the British Army and how cloth made in Stroud still covers snooker and pool tables around the world
• Take a walk round these beautiful Cotswold valleys and see just a few of the hundred and more mills that were once hard at work in the area round Stroud


The Trust extends a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to join. It is Members’ support that enables us to deliver our important Charitable work. Membership brings free entry to both the Dunkirk Mill Museum (fully Accredited by Arts Council England) and the Gigg Mill Weaving Shed, and you will receive the annual colour printed Warp and Weft magazine as well as the emailed Newsletter which is published quarterly . Membership of the Trust rewards you and the community.

We are a charity run by volunteers. If you would like to support our work with a donation or to help in any way by volunteering we would love to hear from you.