Exhibition: Historic clothing

Thursday 08 August to Sunday 08 September 2019

The Historic Clothing exhibition provides the chance to find out more about this project. Since 2006, clothing has been made for the Museum site. It is specific to the era and status of the homes of the Museum.

For a month, you can see many items of historic clothing on display in the Michael Burton gallery. This project was started in order to better explain the Museum exhibit buildings. There have been similar projects, for example creating historic gardens and furniture for the site. All are to encourage an better understanding of everyday life in the past.

The project has produced clothing for different eras. This includes late Saxon clothing (c.950); Medieval male and female clothing (c.1310); Medieval male and female clothing (c.1380). Also Tudor male and female clothing (c.1540); Stuart male and female clothing (c.1630); Georgian male and female clothing (c.1760) and Victorian female clothing (c.1890). Two professional advisors supported a team of volunteers, with staff, who have hand-sewn items at the Museum.

You can find out about the textiles, colours that can be achieved with different natural dyes and sewing techniques. There will be demonstrations on various days in the gallery, including during the Historic Life Weekend: Textiles on 31 August and 1 September.

Further information about this project can also be found online in a blog on the topic with a film clip on natural dyeing and an overview of the project.