Textiles explore the range of fabrics and designs and methods of decoration for both clothing and domestic furnishings.
The Hampshire Story 1856-1891 and a Hampshire company’s lasting legacy. Local treasures include a raised work embroidery raised work embroidery of c1660 depicting Basing House, Jane Austen's silk pelisse dress of c1814, and clothing of the Empress Eugenie.
- Sack-back polonaise gown and petticoat c1770-75
- Beetle-Wing Tea-Cosy
- Boot and shoes collections
- The earliest authentic historic dresses
- Herbert Druitt: 'Costume in Brasses
- Bags collection online
- Visiting Card Cases collection online
- Fans collection online
The textiles collection numbers many small embroideries including a Jacobite needle purse of c1715 and samplers including the Fanny Adams sampler commemorating the death of a small child in Alton.
Why do we have costume and textile collections?
- To use in displays and exhibitions interpreting historic themes, and exploring past lifestyles, demonstrating skills and interests
- To provide evidence of what was worn, made and used locally
- As a reference resource for costume designers and interpreters, students of dressmaking, quilting, embroidery, and art history