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About The Guild


Durham Guild was founded in 1979 by five people with an interest in weaving and spinning. (see below A Brief History) Over the years the Guild has evolved and currently maintains a membership of around 40 people with a vast variety of interests and skills. Two of the founder-members still play an active part in the Guild. We offer a warm welcome to new members at all levels of experience, including absolute beginners.

The objectives of Durham Guild are the promotion and preservation of spinning, weaving, dyeing & other related textile crafts and we are affiliated to the National Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers. The Guild is a registered charitable organisation.

We arrange a yearly programme of talks, workshops and other events. The Guild also holds selling exhibitions at various local venues, and organises group visits to places and events related to our crafts, eg. weaving mills, studios, exhibitions, trade fairs etc.


Meetings and workshops are held in St. Oswalds Institute in Church Street, Durham, DH1 3DQ.(see map on How to find us)

See Diary for full details of all our meetings and workshops.

Community Work

Guild members often get involved with the community, giving demonstrations at various events and venues. These events are usually at weekends and provide an opportunity to promote the work of the Guild.

Books & Equipment

The Guild holds a collection of weaving and spinning equipment and a small library of related books,all of which is available for loan to members.

National Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.

The Guild receives regular information about the activities of the National Association and every two years members have the opportunity to exhibit with fellow Guilds at prestigious venues around the U.K.

The Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

This is the National Association's quarterly magazine, available to Guild members at a reduced subscription rate.

Shipley Weavers

A few members meet in the workroom at the Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at 10am - 1pm. If you are interested please drop in for a chat and a coffee (free). Check with the Shipley before coming.

Last updated on : 27/10/2017
St Oswalds Institute, Church Street
Durham City, Co Durham, DH1 3DQ
tel. Secretary 01207 230 364
Contact: email: secretary.durhamguild@gmail.com