Sewn buttons
Sewn buttons

An insight into the collection

The textile collection is very varied with pieces dating from the 17th century to the present day. It is divided into decorative and domestic textiles Our collection of embroidery includes beadwork, wool work, and whitework, samples date from 1664 and embroidered pictures, worked in wools and silks, from 1650 We also hold two suffragette banners carried by local groups illustrating how needlework communicates as well as decorates.

There are also fabric samples, apprentices’ miniature garments and darning specimens A large lace collection features both hand-made and machine-made lace, while our domestic textiles include pillowcases, tea towels., dusters, and table cloths. Another point of interest is our collection of decorative and functional quills dating from 1800.