Exhibitions, Trips & Places to Visit

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Ideas for D&T places to visit

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These ideas for places to visit may be suitable for schools trips or simply for personal inspiration. Always check the venue's website before travelling. Being included on this page is not a personal recommendation of the quality and appropriateness of the venue or event. 

Abakhan (fabric shop with a range of stores nationally who often have free demos - check out the news & events page for details)

Alexander McQueen store, London - the 2nd floor includes an archive of his work

American Museum in Bath


Beacon Museum, Whitehaven 

Birmingham Science Museum ThinkTank  (science & technology)

BMW Museum

Bristol Science Centre 

Centre for Alternative Technology based in Wales focusing on all things green

Central St.Martins

Clerkenwell Design Week

Clothes Show Liverpool

Coleman’s Mustard Museum in Norwich

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, Warwickshire 

David Mellor Design Museum, Cutlery Factory & Country Shop (note this venue is quite small)

Design Museum 

Ditching Museum of Art & Craft, East Sussex 

Dr Who Experience  - great if you are in the Cardiff area and want a bit of space age fantasy for inspiration! It includes costumes, set designs and monsters!

Dundee Design Festival

Gainsborough Old Hall 

Dundee Design Month

Fashion & Textile Museum 

Fashion Museum Bath 

Framework Knitters Museum, Nottingham

Glasgow School of Art

Gordon Russell Design Museum, Worcestershire

Hand & Lock embroidery design house, London

Head of Steam Railway Museum, Darlington 

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lancashire (note opening hours are limited)

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry 

Humber Street Gallery, Hull 

Iron bridge Gorge Museum, Telford 

Imperial War Museums (London, Manchester, Cambridge) 

Hat Works Museum (Stockport)

Knitting & Stitching Show 

Leeds Castle (often holds unusual exhibitions related to D&T)

Leeds City Museum 

Leeds Industrial Museum 

Life Science Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne 

Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials (Glasgow)

London Sewing Machine Museum (open on a limited number of Saturday afternoons in a textiles shop in Wimbledon)

London Transport Museum 

Mackintosh Visitor Centre in Glasgow School of Art

Mackintosh Centre at The Lighthouse

http://www.glasgowmackintosh.com - to see a summary of things to do in Glasgow related to Mackintosh

Made North Gallery, Sheffield 

MAD Museum (Mechanical Art & Design Museum)

Manchester Art Gallery 

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Museum in the Park, Stroud 

Museum of Brands (London) 

Museum of Childhood, London 

Museum of Design in Plastics (Arts University Bournemouth) 

Museum on the Arts and Crafts Movement in Cheltenham

Museum of the Home

Museum on lawnmowers in Southport

Museum of Bags & Purses, Amsterdam

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (MOSI) 

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton 

National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire 

National Football Museum, Manchester

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Stem Centre in York 

New Designers 

New Lanark Visitor Centre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland 

Pen Museum, Birmingham

Pencil Museum in Cumbria

Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Royal School of Needlework 

RSA Summer Science Exhibition 

San Francisco International Airport Museum 

Science Museum 

Sheffield Museum 

Somerset House, London 

Tate Liverpool

The Building Centre, London

The Good Food Show

The Hat Works Museum in Stockport for all things hats and millinery

The Institute of Civil Engineers, London 

The National Festival of Making, Blackburn, Lancashire

The Whitworth, University of Manchester

York Castle Museum (social history museum that is good for investigating products from the past)

Yorkshire Scultpure Park, Wakefield

Wimbledon Tennis Museum - The museum showcases all things tennis including equipment, clothing, memorabilia, trophies, film footage and interactive displays

Wolverhampton Art Gallery 

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 

Scotland - Website summarising places to visit in Scotland to do with textiles

V&A (London) 

V&A (Dundee 


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