Northern Society of Costume and Textiles
THE NORTHERN SOCIETY
OF COSTUME AND TEXTILES

The following is a list of places with collections of costume and textiles

NOTE:  This list is currently being updated.

MAJOR COLLECTIONS

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The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University

Its textile collection holds some 20,000 items dating from 3rd Century AD to the present.

For furher information go to its website: www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/collection/ourcollection/textilecollection/

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The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Has impoortant collections of all types of texiles and dress.  For furtrher details go to its website:www.vam.ac.uk/collections

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The Fashion Museum, Bath

An important fashion museum in the UK.  For further information go to its website: www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/

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Glasgow Museums

Glasgow Museums has a substantial collection of costume and textiles. It comprises some 17,500 objects dating from 1100 to the present. This collection contains a wide variety of costume and textiles from Scotland, Britain and Europe. The costume collection is representative of the key developments in fashionable dress from the mid 18th to the late 20th century..  collections.glasgowmuseums.com/mwebcgi/mweb

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art would like to let you know about over 13,500 high resolution images of costumes and textiles from their collection which can be viewed free of charge on LACMA's website (http://www.lacma.org/collection/index.html/).

The pieces range from the 16th century to the present, and include such highlights as items from the Court of Louis XIV, major designers such as Chanel and Balenciaga, and textiles from all over the world, all with descriptions included. Many of these pieces have never been exhibited or published before.

The images can be downloaded, printed, e-mailed, or compared and contrasted with one another using the site's unique "Image Viewer."

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COLLECTIONS IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND

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West Yorkshire Textile Heritage

This website provides links to muesums and sites in West Yorkshire with textile connections:

westyorkshiretextileheritage.org.uk/

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The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester University

Its collection contains some 20,000 items dating from the 3rd C AD to the present.

For more details go to its website: www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/collection/ourcollection/textilecollection/

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 Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester

An extensive collection of costume and related items.  For more details go to its website: manchesterartgallery.org/visit/gallery-of-costume/

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Lotherton Hall, Leeds

Holds annual exhibitions of dress and textiles are displayed in the beautifully refurbished Fashion Galleries.  For more details go to its website:  www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/lothertonhall/lotherton-hall
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Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Bankfield Museum's displays cover local history, costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. We also host temporary exhibitions including costume, embroidery, quilting, textile art, paintings and photography.  Go to its website for more information: museums.calderdale.gov.uk/visit/bankfield-museum

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The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham

This museum has an extensive collection of textiles and costumes and has regular exhibitions of these items.  Go to its website for furher information:  www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/

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 ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

(formerly the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive) is housed  on the campus of the University of Leeds.The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve and document textiles and related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the general public.- ulita.leeds.ac.uk/about/

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 Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Derbyshire

The Site contains a fascinating series of mill complexes, the watercourses that powered them and the settlements developed for the workers.

For more details click on the link:  www.derwentvalleymills.org/the-derwent-valley/derwent-valley-mills-world-heritage-site/

 

 

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"We Wear Culture"

Not strictly a collection, but a website by Google Arts and Culture deveoted to fashion and related subjects.  Well worth a visit.  Click on the link below:

artsandculture.google.com/project/fashion

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