Paisley Thread Mill Museum was founded in 2003 to tell the story of the Clarks and Coats Thread Mills of Paisley,  Today we tell the story of Thread Making in Paisley from it’s origin in 1722 to the close of the last mill in 1993.

Our exhibits are themed, spread over 15 display cases and interactive digital image & video archives.

Open on a Wednesday and Saturday afternoon, all year round, we look forward to welcoming you during your visit to Paisley.


A Family of Threads

During 2017 we explored Paisley & Renfrewshire's thread manufacturing industry through funding from HLF and Renfrewshire Council.  Where and when did the tread industry begin? How fast did it develop?  How did it influence thread manufacturing in Scotland?   As part of this project we curated a touring exhibition on thread manufacturing and the Paisley & Renfrewshire Mills.  We also be worked with schools, care homes and hospices.  The answers to these questions will be found as we continue to carryout research delving into contemporary sources in local and national archives.  

Have a look at our dedicated website www.afamilyofthreads.info to find out more about what we did during 2017! 

Please consider donating to the museum.  Annually it costs us around £3,000 to stay open.  This includes rent for our store room, and monthly bills such as telephone and stationery.


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