Sudbury Silk Festival – A Celebration of Silk in Sudbury

Sudbury Silk Festival – A Celebration of Silk in Sudbury
June 20, 2019 may

Saturday, 7th September 2019 sees Sudbury celebrating

Silk in Sudbury

Discover Sudbury’s long tradition of silk weaving that stretches back to the 1780’s. Records show that by 1844 there were four silk manufacturers and 600 silk looms and it is still a thriving industry today with four working silk mills: Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, The Humphries Weaving Company, Stephen Walters & Sons and Vanners Silks.

The festival coincides with Heritage Open Days and there will be properties open to the public. You will be able to go inside buildings that were silk weavers cottages and textile merchants houses and visit current silk mill shops.

Sudbury Silk Festival celebrates the rich history of silk weaving in Sudbury with a day-long programme of exhibitions, talks, silk walks, a silk architectural heritage walk and workshops.

Special talks will include an introduction to silk weaving from one of the silk mills in the town.


Liz Trenow, local author, will be discussing her books including ‘The Silk Weaver’ and ‘The Dressmaker of Drapers Lane’ as well as the history of her family’s silk mill.
Mary Schoeser & Kate Wigley of School of Textiles, will be giving a silk handling talk ‘Silk from Spitalfields to East Anglia’.


We here at May Berkouwer Textile Conservation will have a stand too, in St. Peter’s Church!  Do come along and see us and enjoy the whole of the day’s exhibitions.

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