c/o Gill Arnott, Keeper of the Arts
and Sarah Howard, Principal Conservator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hampshire County Council
Culture, Communities and Business Services
Arts and Museums Service
Chilcomb House, Chilcomb Lane
Tel: 01962 826700
Overview of Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service Dress and Textiles Collection
Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service holds a rich and varied collection of over 22,000 items of historic dress and textiles ranging from the seventeenth century to the present day, for both sexes and all ages. Among the earliest pieces are fine examples of embroidery, raised work and samplers.
The collection has been assembled from public donations, specialist purchases and the addition of major collections assembled by knowledgeable enthusiasts in the local area, such as Herbert Druitt and Mr and Mrs WG Rivis. The aim is to highlight what was worn and made within the county, with a special focus on local manufacturers such as Burberry, which was established in Basingstoke in the 1850s. The collection is displayed across Hampshire at the eighteen sites run by the Museums Service; via permanent displays such as The Red House Museum, Christchurch, and temporary exhibition galleries at The Discovery Centre in Winchester - where our most recent display was 24 of our 1920s beaded dresses (see image), and in our community museums.
The bulk of the collection is stored at our Headquarters in Winchester and is open to researchers and interested groups by appointment with Gill Arnott, Keeper of Art. A programme of themed study days is being planned for 2011-2012, and the website (see link above) features elements from the collections. Sarah Howard, Principal Conservator, is happy to take any textile conservation enquiries.
Further details on imagery:
Image: HCMS1974.135. Evening turban c1828-1833. A delicate evening turban of white silk gauze woven with blocks of shaded pink, brown and green, with a band of plaited satin rouleaux in toning shades. The front is trimmed with a plume of egret feathers held in place with a bow of pink silk ribbon.
Image: CRH1969.107.1-2. Sack-back open robe and matching petticoat c1770-1775. A white silk taffeta gown with a fine self stripe and woven design of small blue flowers. The overdress has a closed front and sleeve ruffles. The matching petticoat is lavishly trimmed with white gauze and hung with intricate tassels of blue gauze and feathers.
Image: C1999.150. Ladies’ riding jacket c1760-1765. A fitted jacket of cream wool, with integral waistcoat of olive green silk, and collar and cuffs faced with matching green silk. It is trimmed overall with wide silver braid and has green thread covered buttons.
Image: C1976.31.348. Dress for seaside wear c1850s. This is made of robust black worsted with a cream stripe. The front of the skirt and the sleeves are boldly trimmed with black and white braid, and there are large brass clips inside, just above the hem, to enable it to be raised if required.Image: C1976.31.616. Ladies’ motoring coat c1905-1912. A three quarter length coat of cream silk with collar and cuffs faced with tan silk, trimmed with cream and black silk piping.
Image: 1920s dress display.