More than 20,000 spindles once rotated in the Herding spinning mill in Bocholt. A forum for textile culture is now housed in the imposing brickwork building with four storeys. The history and recent times of textiles are brought to life within the walls of the fascinating, restored industrial memorial. Special exhibitions lends insights into historic and modern technology as well as showing fashion design and international textile art.
In the direct vicinity, a further museum location is the weaving mill. The central feature of the museum factory is the large weaving hall. Below the sawtooth roofs, transmission belts and long drive shafts bring more than 30 historic machines into motion. Away from the noisy factory, visitors become familiar with the bleak everyday lives of the families within a completely equipped workers' house including a cultivated garden.
The textile works building, the collection and the exhibitions focus on the period of high industrialisation. Although the theme areas stretch into contemporary times, the collection exponents, machines and textiles from the time of around 1870 to before World War I frequently form the basis for presentations and projects.
The plush historicism of the Wilhelminian age resulted in a gigantic and qualitative textile industry, the clothing and domestic textiles of which entered the museum collection in the form of company pattern books, woven samples and designs of woven decorative bands from Wuppertal to damask tablecloths from Borken and Bielefeld