Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

The Paisley Thread Mill Museum opened on Doors Open Day 2003 and has quickly established itself as one of Paisley’s must-see tourist attractions. The museum is totally run by volunteers, most of them ex-Paisley Mill workers themselves.

paisley thread mill museum

Paisley Thread Mill museum has been growing from year to year and is situated on the ground floor of the Mile End Mill, most of which has been converted into offices. The Paisley Thread Mill Museum itself is on the ground floor and has free parking right outside, Wheelchair access is also available.

We at Paisley.org.uk have been actively supporting the volunteers of the Paisley Thread Mill Museum over the years and we hope to see its continued growth.

Opening Times:   Wednesday & Saturday 12 noon to 4pm all year round

Other visitor attractions that will be of interest are Sma Shot Cottages.

Mile End Mill,
12 Seedhill Road,


History of Paisley Mills:

Clarks Mills The Mills actually started next to the Hammils which consists of a band of hard volcanic rock running across the river bed and forming a waterfall. The force of water flowing over the Hammils powered two mills, one at each side of the river.

They were established by the Clark Brothers in 1812. These two brothers had discovered that selling cotton thread for domestic sewing could be a profitable business and had thereby laid the foundations for much of Paisley’s fame and prosperity in the late nineteenth century.

The small thread production business established by the Clark Brothers at Seedhill expanded steadily throughout the nineteenth century. Thread was given a great boost in the middle of the century by the refinement of the sewing machine.

Its increasing use both in clothing factories and in the domestic environment, led to a tremendous demand for cotton thread which was the only type smooth enough to run through the mechanism. By the end of the century, the Clarks had built a great complex of spinning and twisting mills stretching many hundreds of yards from the original site by the Hammils. read more by clicking here….