Northern Society of Costume and Textiles

The following is a list of places with collections of costume and textiles or textile machinery, etc.:

NOTE:  This list is currently being updated.



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:


The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Has impoortant collections of all types of texiles and dress.  For furtrher details go to its


The Fashion Museum, Bath

An important fashion museum in the UK.  For further information go to its website:


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..


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 (

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."






West Yorkshire Textile Heritage

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

NOTE:  This link is to information on the West Yorkshire Twextile Heritage, but has accss to many other images from around the UK


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:


 Manchester Museums costume collection

An extensive collection of costume and related items.  For more details go to its website:


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:
Leeds Industrial Museum

Industrial heritage with collections of textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering.


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. A NEW FASHION GALLERY WAS OPENED IN MAY 2019.  Go to its website for more information:

 The museum also houses the Duke of Welington's Regiment Museum which has some mmilitary uniforms on display


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:


 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.-


 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:


Gawthorpe Textile Collection, Gawthorpe Hall, Padium, Nr Burnley

This National Trust House dispays the Gawthorpe Textile Collection


Helmshore MIlls Textile Museum

Holcomber Road, Rossendale, Lancashire

Nestling side by side in the quiet village of Helmshore in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two original Lancashire textile mills, Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill, together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum


Queen Street Textile Mill Museum

Queen Street, Harle Syke, Burnley

Queen Street Mill is Grade 1 listed and the last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill in the world. Relive the days when cotton was king and watch our weaving technicians demonstrate how to turn cotton into cloth on our heritage looms and take the opportunity to see our magnificent steam engine 'Peace' and hear all about her history.


Silk Museum ansd Paradise Mill, Macclesfield

The Silk Museum and Paradise Mill tell the story of Macclesfield’s world-renowned silk industry.

The museum has an internationally significant collection of silk textiles and machinery with a pattern book archive of nearly 1,000 volumes.

Paradise Mill is a beautifully preserved working silk mill, with 26 restored jacquard looms. A visit offers the opportunity to step back in time to Macclesfield in the 1930s. The mill was built in 1860 and was operated by tie manufacturers Cartwright and Sheldon until it closed in 1981


Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire

Quarry Bank Mill (also known as Styal Mill), owned by The National Trust, in Styal, Cheshire, England, is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry. Built in 1784, the mill is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and inspired the 2013 television series The Mill.[2] It was established by Samuel Greg. The mill was notable for the innovative approach to labour relations, largely as a result of the work of Greg's wife, Hannah Lightbody.


Museum of Making, Derby

Housed in the Old Silk Mill, it contains items relating to Derby's textile heritage


Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO Heritage Site, Derbyshire

An important group of former mills along the Derwent river from Derby to Matlock


Bradford Industrial Museum

Bradford Industrial Museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme. You can enjoy the splendour of Moorside House where the Mill Manager lived, or visit the Mill-workers’ terraced houses dressed to reflect three different time periods.



"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:



Knitting Reference Library, Southhampton University