The Witney Blanket Loom
This 300-year-old loom can be found within the Heritage display on Level 2. It has a flying shuttle and is one of the earliest of its type, invented during the Industrial Revolution. Standing at over 9 feet in height, it is an impressive example of a blanket loom which originated at the beginning of blanket making in Witney, Oxfordshire.
It is a timber framed four shaft hand loom and has been used to weave horse collar check and woollen blankets since 1702. A flying shuttle mechanism was added around 1800 which was one of the earliest Industrial Revolution Inventions.