Costume and Textile Study Centre

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  • Patchwork, Quilting and Appliqué; including bedcovers
  • Embroidery and Samplers – 17th to 20th century
  • Lace and Lace Making Equipment
  • Knitting, Crochet, Netting and Macramé
  • Domestic Furnishings – tapestries, curtains, cushions, bed linen, furniture covers, tea cosies, etc.
  • Banners.

Other Special Collections:

  • Craft equipment and needlework tools - a large collection for all crafts and needlework

What does the Costume and Textile Study Centre do?

Our purpose is to collect, preserve and provide access to our collection of British clothing, accessories, needlecrafts and home furnishings dating from the 18th century to the present day. The collection, previously housed at Strangers' Hall, has been built up over 130 years. It reflects changing fashions, styles and technology in clothing and textiles and also the historic importance of the city of Norwich in weaving and clothing production. For the first time the entire collection of over 20,000 items is accessible to the public.

We offer the following services:

  • we answer enquiries and can help identify costume and textiles
  • we can advise on how to look after your own collection
  • we offer visits to view items from the collection or to consult the reference library or archive
  • we give talks to groups (including school groups) on specific costume or textile themes
  • we offer access to the museum catalogue, to photographs and line drawings of items in the collection
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