Costume Research Centre

The Costume Research Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that offers visitors and researchers a truly unique opportunity to inspect and study one of the most important collections of textiles and fashion in the world, ranging from archaeological fragments to heavy tapestry and carpets, accessories and underwear to embroidered 18th century court dresses and contemporary haute couture.

The Costume Research Centre offers visitors:

  • A quiet, light, spacious and comfortable study room where individuals and small groups of up to three people can study objects of their choice.
  • A seminar room for larger groups of up to 10 people.
  • A study collection of textiles selected to show a range of techniques.
  • Reference books and on-site access to the collections database0


To gain access to the centre you will need to provide personal identification which must include a photograph. Acceptable forms of personal identification include:
  • Valid passport
  • National Insurance Card
  • Photo driving licence
  • Student Union card
  • Official accreditation card from a recognised place of work
  • Worthing Theatres and Museum membership card


Guided tours of the Costume Research Centre can be organised by contacting the museum team.​