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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Facilities

  • 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

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.

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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

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.

Accessories

Textiles

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.

Textiles
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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

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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