Tomkinson design paper - detail
One of many design drawings from our archive collections

Museum Collections, Archive & Library

The Museum of Carpet houses an extensive collection of objects, archives, books and photographs relating to the carpet industry dating from the 18th Century to the present day.

These collections cover all aspects of the industry and range from archives of official bodies to small collections amassed by individuals associated with carpet manufacture.

You can search our online archives catalogue here.

There is also a large library of books, journals and reference texts available, covering many aspects of the industry including:

  • Carpets (CPT)
  • Design (DSN)
  • Testing, Lab Techniques, Identification (LAB)
  • Wool (WL)
  • Natural Fibres (NF)
  • Textile Fibres (TF)
  • Man-Made Fibres (MMF)
  • Spinning (S)
  • Dyeing & Finishing (DY)
  • Investment, Business (BUS)

Our museum, archive and library collections are open to researchers, but we do ask that you book your visit in advance.

If you have any enquiries or wish to book a visit please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Follow this link to read out Archive Access Policy_Dec 2013

4 thoughts on “Research

  1. When is your archive likely to be on line? (You state that it will be after Christmas) I am interested in J.P.Bland who was the Chief Designer at Tomkinsons Ltd. for many years up to 1956, when he retired. Have you any information about him? I enquired at the desk on Saturday when I visited with a group. I am his daughter-in-law. Thank you, P.A.BLAND (Mrs.)

    1. Hello Mrs Bland,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We are working hard to get the archive catalogue online as soon as possible. There are just a few technicalities we have to overcome. In the meantime, I have passed your query on to Jodie, our Collections Officer, who will respond to you directly by email.

  2. I am trying to trace the past of my late fathers family who were in the carpet trade in Kidderminster the family name was Humphries (John Peter) unfortunately my father died when I was quite young so I never learnt the history of his family I am guessing back to the early 1900. Would your museum be a good place for me to start.

    1. Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for getting in touch!
      It’s great that you are tracing your Father’s family history and we would love to help if we can.
      I will search our catalogue for any records of your Fathers name, but it may be that we need some more details to be able to run a more in depth search.
      I will contact you directly and hopefully we will be able to uncover some new information for you!
      – Jodie, Collections and Archive Manager

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