In the course of compiling my Googlemaps Map of Textile Museums, I came across several websites with interesting websites but no actual museum site, so I thought I would list them here.
Cottontown tells the story of a manufacturing process that started in isolated cottages on the wind and rain swept West Pennines and ended with derelict weaving sheds and the demolition of tall, soot blackened mill chimneys. In between was the boom time, when Cotton was King and Blackburn was the weaving capital of the world, when millionaire magnates lived in country mansions and the workers made the best of it in overcrowded, uncomfortable, unsanitary conditions.
The Textile Society – UK based website
The Fabric Museum – an online Fabric Museum
Spinning The Web – an online history of the cotton industry around Manchester, UK
Ingenious – has links to lots of historical textile artifacts
Virtual Plastics Museum
Museum of Ancient Inventions – this has lots of links to textile related artifacts
Virtual Sewing Machines Museum
Colour Experience – run by Society of Dyers and Colourists and gives information on dyeing and the textile industry.