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Welcome to Britain's Premier Textile Society

Established in 1893, the Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain, if not in the world. Despite all the changes which have taken place in the textile industry since its formation, the Society continues to thrive. Its monthly programme of meetings from October to April provides an opportunity for everyone with an interest in textiles to meet and discuss a range of textile-related topics with an invited speaker.

The 2017 – 2018 Design Competition Prospectus Pack is available for download on the Design Competition page under Competition Information.

President - Pam Brook, MA, FRSA

Pam BrookPam Brook is currently Head of School at Bradford School of Art and is undertaking a PhD at Nottingham Trent University in the Fashion and Textile department. Pam has been a council member of the Bradford Textile Society for almost 5 years and Bradford School of Art also has a student member of Council from our Textile Design degree who contributes to proceedings. Her aim in the Presidency is to support advances in Design and Technology that are impacting on the Textile and Apparel industries. Pam has attended Westminster Forums looking at future directions in these industries from the point of view of an educationalist and is very interested in the progress that is being made in Universities, Colleges and industry.

Pam is an historian interested also in the past as well as the future and hopes that her programme of events reflects these concerns.

Pam worked in the Textile industry for George Hattersley/Hattersley Narrow Fabrics for 3 years prior to taking up a temporary post as a lecturer at Bradford College. She has worked with Further Education students in Bradford, Leeds and Keighley Colleges and more recently with Higher Education at Bradford College. Her aim as President is to strengthen the links between Bradford Textile Society and Bradford College/School of Art working with the College’s Textile Archive and other initiatives such as using college premises to host the Design Seminar and Exhibition.

Design Competition

The Society's annual Design Competition, with total prize money of over £14,500, is unique in its breadth of coverage and attracts almost 1,000 entries from students throughout the UK.

Please visit the design competition page for more information.


Membership is open to individual or corporate members. If you would like to apply for membership please download our membership application form here.

For other enquiries please email or use the form on our contact page.


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