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

  • Corsets and Crinolines

    19 May 15 to 02 Oct 15

Our Next Event

Corsets and Crinolines

When: 19 May 2015 to 02 October 2015
Where: Bogan House, High Street, Totnes

Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum 2015 Exhibition


The changing shape of fashion from 1780s

All will be revealed when the Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum opens its doors again next Tuesday 19th May for the summer season. This year’s exhibition will show how the fashionable silhouette for women and men has changed over time, and will also feature the undergarments that were worn to create those shapes.

The exhibition will be open from May 19th, Tuesdays to Fridays from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00p.m., until the end of September. We hope to see you there.

Look on our Facebook Page for photos from the exhibiiton

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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 €śspangles€ť.

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

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    12 May 2015

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  • News of Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum Summer exhibition 2015

    09 April 2015


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Admission & Prices

Opening days and times

Tuesday to Friday inclusive
19th May to 2nd October 2015
11am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm);

Outside these times and during October by prior appointment.

Adults £2-50
Children £1.00
Concessions £2.00
Family £5.50
Guided tour groups £3-50 per person

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Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum

Totnes Fashion and Textiles Museum
Bogan House
43 High Street

Totnes, DEVON TQ9 5NP