Find out about: Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum
Totnes Fashions and Textiles Museum houses the Devonshire Collection of Period Costume, which contains clothing for men, women and children from the eighteenth century to the twentyfirst century.
A themed exhibition, which is changed annually, is displayed in the most intact Tudor Merchant's House in Totnes.
Find us directly opposite the market square.
We are open when the marionnettes are dancing.
There is no wheelchair access to the exhibition which is on the first floor.
Toilets and several cafes close by.
Exhibitions and Projects
Let's party! Gorgeous Garments from the Assembly Rooms to the Disco
20 May 14 to 03 Oct 14
Our Next Event
Look Show Tell
When: 05 August 2014 to 26 August 2014
Where: Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum, Bogan House, High Street Totnes
LOOK, SHOW AND TELL
There will be a new attraction at Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum during August. Every Tuesday morning in the month, between 11.00 and 1.00, a box of clothes from the museum’s handling collection will be open for visitors to enjoy in the ground floor shop area.
Julia Fox, the hon. Curator, and other members of the museum team will be on hand to talk about the clothes and fashions from different eras.
Visitors are also encouraged to bring in items from their own wardrobes or attic discoveries to show and tell of their significance to their family histories. The team will be able to help with dating them if required.
Julia says, “This is a development of our ‘Costume Conversations’ project where people were invited to talk on tape about their favourite garments in the collection, or about clothes they have donated to the museum. We are always looking to extend our fashion archive, through these taped memories and photographs, which complement the garments themselves.”
So, Tuesday mornings in August, why not drop in to the museum after browsing in the Elizabethan market? It’s just across the road in Bogan House. You’ll be able to see this year’s fashion exhibition, ‘Let’s Party’, at the same time.
The whole collection includes clothing for men, women and children from the 18th century to the end of 20th century - from outer wear, day and evening wear, uniforms, shoes and lingerie.
Each annual exhibition contains 50 outfits from the collection with complementary accessories.
The Collection holds five silk gowns dating between c1760 and c1785. We have early cotton gowns from the end of this century. The Collection holds a couple of eighteenth century men’s suits and a large number of embroidered men’s waistcoats, some including metal thread and sequins or “spangles”.
The Collection holds both formal and informal men’s and women’s wear including mourning dress wedding dress, uniform and court dress. There are even some sports clothes of the period. There are also a small number of children’s and babies‘ clothes of this period in the Collection. Early in the century cotton is the primary material for the construction of female garments. Later, at about the time of crinoline style garments, silk and wool are re-introduced.
The Collection holds a full range of garments from this period for men, women and children. A particular strength of the collection is 1920s and 1930s evening dresses and includes a coat of printed silk velvet by Mariano Fortuny. The men’s collection includes uniforms from all three services.
Accessories include millinery, shawls, shoes, stockings, bags, parasols, fans, furs and gloves. The earliest item in the Collection is a pair of kid gloves of c1650 with wide gauntlets and heavily embroidered in silver.
Many garments are of interest because of the fabric from which they are made as well as for their style. Of particular interest are a collection of printed textiles made by Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher before World War Two and a group of designs by local textile printer Susan Bosence. Efforts are made to collect all types of textiles in use for garment making up to the present day.
Our Latest news
Our 2014 exhibition is now OPEN
02 June 2014
Last weekend the Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum held its spring party and private vi...read more
Introducing our new designer patron
13 May 2014
Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum is pleased to announce that Liora Lassalle has agreed...read more
Admission & Prices
Opening days and times
Tuesday to Friday inclusive
20th May to 30thSeptember: 2014
11am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm);
Outside these times and during October by prior appointment.
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Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum
43 High Street
Totnes, DEVON TQ9 5NP