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Fashion

The museum holds a fine, regionally significant, collection of dress, textiles and accessories. It contains almost 6,000 items of men's, women's and children's clothes and accessories dating from around 1750 to the late 20th century. These artefacts tell us much about changes in style, fashion and fabrics as well as offering fascinating insights into social history.

Browse a selection of items from this collection below.

Silk slipper

Type: shoe

29.1948

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Brocade shoes

Type: shoes

11.1953

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Cane sword stick

Type: sword stick

559.1964

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Silk shawl with tassels

Type: silk square

61.1966

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Black bonnet

Type: hat

63.1966

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Embroidered net scarf

Type: scarf

66.1966

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Ivory fan

Type: fan

73.1966

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Silk evening dress

Type: dress

361.1967

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Laced ankle boots

Type: boots

122.1968

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Satin fabric length with white selvedge

Type: lengths of material

182.1968/2

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Cambric bonnet

Type: bonnet

312.1968/1

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Satin bonnet

Type: bonnet

314.1968/2

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Blouse with lace

Type: blouse

345.1968/1

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Woven braid purse

Type: purse

385.1968

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Cotton petticoat

Type: petticoat

621.1968/1

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Shoes with bow and cut steel detail

Type: shoes

94.1969

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Crocheted booties

Type: baby's booties

360.1969

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Lace collar

Type: lace collar

116.1970/1

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Round lace collar

Type: lace collar

116.1970/2

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Glove stretcher

Type: glove stretcher

133.1971

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Cotton night dress

Type: chemise

161.1971/2

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Tortoiseshell comb

Type: comb

220.1971

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Cambric bib

Type: baby's bib

46.1972/1

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Boy's shirt

Type: shirt

120.1972/4

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Silk dress

Type: dress

183.1972

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Cotton crinoline petticoat

Type: petticoat

186.1972/2

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Bodice with lace trim

Type: bodice

59.1973/1

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Skirt

Type: skirt

59.1973/2

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Lace mittens

Type: mittens

139.1973/3

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Metal button shield

Type: button shield

189.1973/2a

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Moire silk skirt

Type: skirt

101.1974/1

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Silk dress coat

Type: coat

219.1974

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Damask waistcoat

Type: waistcoat

220.1974

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Cotton embroidered net stole

Type: stole

57.1975/1

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Net trimming

Type: trimmings

147.1975/5

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Lounge suit jacket

Type: suit/jacket

372.1975/1

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Lounge suit waistcoat

Type: suit / waistcoat

372.1975/2

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Lounge suit trousers

Type: suit / trousers

372.1975/3

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Silk shawl

Type: shawl

380.1975/2

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Fringed silk shawl

Type: shawl

29.1976/1

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Wooden shoe lasts

Type: shoe trees

50.1978

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Linen parasol

Type: parasol

L.456.1979

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Suede gloves

Type: gloves

1.1980/102

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Bowler hat

Type: hat

27.1980

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Wool twill coat

Type: overcoat

137.1980/1

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Wooden walking stick

Type: walking stick

137.1980/22

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Tulle hat

Type: hat

11.1983/2

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Tulle hat

Type: hat

11.1983/3

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Shawl collar

Type: shawl/collar

159.1983/1

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Nottingham lace collar

Type: shawl/collar

159.1983/2

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Fortnam and Mason hat box with velvet hat

Type: hat

1.1984/2

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Wing collar

Type: collar

78.1985/3

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Cotton tie

Type: tie

137.1987

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Judge's stockings

Type: judge's court dress and gown

135.1988/10

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Muslin and sateen skirt fabric

Type: fabric

311.1989/2

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Velveteen jacket

Type: jacket

14.1998/2

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Boy's waistcoat

Type: waistcoat

14.1998/3

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Boy's breeches

Type: breeches

14.1998/4

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Children's shoes

Type: shoes

14.1998/5

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Children's shoe

Type: shoes

14.1998/6

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Children's shoes

Type: shoes

14.1998/7

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Children's shoes

Type: shoes

14.1998/8

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Adult shoe

Type: shoes

14.1998/9

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