Amber Butchart at Braintree Museum

Dress historian Amber Butchart takes her partner, illustrator Rob Flowers, to Braintree Museum in Essex, where they uncover the area’s strong textiles heritage and explore what fabrics and design can tell us about society over time. As they discover an exhibition of book illustrations and pore over luxury velvets in the neighbouring Warner Textile Archive, they learn about the skilled makers behind each piece and reflect on their own interests and inspirations as creatives.


Entry to Braintree Museum is free with a National Art Pass.

The exhibition ‘The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists’ is at Braintree Museum until 1 July 2023.

The Warner Textile Archive is open by appointment only for research, group visits and schools. Charges may apply. For information on visiting, see:

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