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.


The venues for the Guilds Programme will be divided between St. Oswald’s Institute in Church Street and Redwood lodge (Guide Hut) nearby in School Lane.

SeeĀ full website for more informationĀ Durham Guild Website

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.

St Oswalds Institute, Church Street
Durham City, Co Durham, DH1 3DQ
tel. Secretary 01388 817404
Contact: email: stoswalds@durhamguild.co.uk