Hastings Museum has an impressive and significant collection of world dress, especially North American India garments, weapons etc. The museum houses four major large collections of artefacts and photographs from the collections of Colin and Betty Taylor, Randal and Beatrice Callender, Edward H Blackmore and Clare Sheridan. This includes an important historic piece - an eagle-feathered bonnet, acquired by Colin Taylor from Tex McCleod in Brighton in the 1950s. McCleod worked with Buffalo Bill and purchased the bonnet from Iron Tail c.1911. Iron Tail (or Cinte Muzza) was an Oglala Sioux and a favourite of Buffalo Bill's, touring with his Wild West Show for many years. The show came to Lewes and Hastings in 1904.
This museum also contains a large collection of world material culture collected by Lady Annie Brassey on her trans-world voyages with her husband, Thomas Brassey, Master Mariner and Secretary to the Admiralty, on their steam yacht ship Sunbeam. These voyages ran from from the late 1870s until Lady Brassey died at sea in 1887.
Lady Brassey also bought items from London dealers to enhance her collection. The Brassey family donated this collection, with the Durbar Hall (which had housed it at the Brassey Museum at their Park Lane home in London,) to the town of Hastings. Lord Brassey was Liberal MP for the town for many years and built the Brassey Institute, first home of the Hastings Museum. The collection contains a few items of dress and jewellery. On display is the exceptionally rare feather cloak which once belonged to Queen Pomare of Tahiti and some of Lady Brassey's silver jewellery from the Middle East.
Finally, Hastings Museum has a local history dress collection, some of it on display, including 1930s swimwear and a late 50s biker jacket (and bike).