The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Queen Street, Exeter, Devon
Tel: 01392 665 858
Contact: Shelley Tobin, assistant curator (Costume and Textiles), Thursday and Fridays.
The museum re-opens with new galleries on 16 December 2011. Lace, dress and accessories dating from the 17th Century to the 20th Century will be shown. This costume and textile collection must rank as one of the most important collections outside London. Much of the period costume is in excellent condition and, significantly, is accompanied by comprehensive provenance documentation. Approximate total holdings of 7000 items, including male and female dress from 18th Century to the 1980s. Other items include accessories, children's dress, occupational dress, military and civic uniforms from 19th-20th century, as well as embroidery and samplers (17th-20th century), English and Continental laces (16th-20th century). These include the Palliser and Treadwin collections, as well as fashion and photographs.
This museum also houses an internationally famous world cultures collection, which includes precious dress and textiles from all over the world.
The National Trust's Killerton House, built 1778–9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families.
The atmospheric displays and room sets for ‘Dressing Up; Dressing Down’ have been fashioned out of the 20,000 items in the Killerton costume collection begun by Paulise de Bush who saved many exquisite 18th and 19th Century costumes from destruction during World War II.
Visitors can also see rare and specially conserved pieces including a patchwork and appliqué coverlet made in 1810, fragments of printed textiles originally part of bed-hangings recently discovered at Godolphin House and a children’s nursery dating back to 1890, as well as 20th Century dress.
‘Dressing up; Dressing Down’ is open daily 11:00-17:00 from 12 March to 31 October 2011.