National Wool Museum
National Wool Museum
An restored woollen mill, interpretive centre, and craft workshops highlight this excellent museum tracing the heritage of wool making in the Teifi Valley and across Wales. There are displays of equipment used in making wool, including spinning mules and carding machines.
The Teifi Valley has been a centre of the Welsh woollen industry for centuries. In 1902 a small weaving workshop was transformed into Cambrian Mills, which aimed to supply wool for steel and coal workers. By 1915 the company had grown so much that it had a workforce of 100 people, and throughout WWI the mill made flannel for the military.

The mill carried on despite a decline in demand for woollen goods, until it was put up for sale in 1965. Then in 1976 the former mill premises was opened as the Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry.

The museum has since been restored, and renamed as the National Wool Museum, but its mission is the same; to reflect the rich heritage of the Welsh woollen industry over the centuries. Part of the museum showcases the National Flat Textile Collection, while visitors can see historic machinery, and take a raised walkway that looks down on the museum's own woollen mill. For the museum is not just a static collection of historic objects, but a working mill, using traditional tools and techniques to produce high-quality woollen goods.

In addition to watching the mill at work, you can see displays of woven goods including blankets and knitted socks, shirts, shawl, bedclothes, blankets and woollen stockings. Follow the process of making wool, from 'fleece to fabric', which traces the traditional steps in making high-quality woollen goods.

See how sheep are sheared, and how the wool is carefully folded. Learn how wool from different parts of the sheep's body has a different quality and is used for different types of products. See how wool is purified, cleaned in a willower, straightened on a roller, and dyed to just the right colour.

Displays show how wool was traditionally carded by hand, spun to make yarn, and woven to make a variety of fabric goods.

Did You Know
The Dre-fach Felindre was once home to no less than 40 mills. The local woollen industry was so important that the area became known as 'the Huddersfield of Wales'.