Find out about: Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

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Totnes  Fashion & 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.


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  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

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

    Let's party! Gorgeous Garments from the Assembly Rooms to the Disco

    20 May 14 to 03 Oct 14

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Let's party!  Gorgeous Garments from the Assembly Rooms to the Disco

Let's party! Gorgeous Garments from the Assembly Rooms to the Disco

When: 20 May 2014 to 30 September 2014
Where: Bogan House, High Street, Totnes

Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum is proud to announce  the title and theme of their Summer 2014 exhibition.

Let's pary! Gorgeous Garments from the Assembly Rooms to the Disco.

People have been partying since life began and they have always dressed in their best for these occasions. Come and revel with us in chic, style, bling and glitz.

We may not have the party clothes of cave people but we will be able to show you gorgeous garments from the eighteenth century ballrooms, the assembly rooms of Jane Austen, to the present day discos.

If you click on the photo below you will see a stunning blue silk gown from the 1920s.  It is decorated with blue bugle and white pearl beads.  It will certainly be in the exhibition.

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Our Collections

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.


Eighteenth Century

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”.

Eighteenth Century

Nineteenth Century

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.

Nineteenth Century

Twentieth Century

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.

Twentieth Century


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.

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Our Latest news

  • The Last few weeks of our 2014 exhibition

    15 September 2014

    Let’s party – Our 2014 exhibition, There is just two more weeks to see our more

  • Our 2014 exhibition is now OPEN

    02 June 2014

    Last weekend the Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum held its spring party and private more

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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.

Adults £2
Children 80p
Concessions £1.50
Family £4.50

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Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum
Bogan House
43 High Street

Totnes, DEVON TQ9 5NP