Harwich Museum


The Bernard’s factory in Harwich, which was one of the biggest employers in Harwich during its 110 years in the town.
The factory was launched in 1897 by Charles “Harry” Bernard.
They tailored clothes for the Royal Family, Ministry of Defence, emergency services, Essex County Cricket Club, and others.
The business also made its money by making garments for top designers like Paul Smith and Katharine Hamnett.
During WWII (1941), the factory was targeted by the German & Italian air forces and received extensive damage to its premises.