The Old Courthouse
St Peters Road
Tel: 01730 262601
Contact: Rebecca Grafton
Museum Assistant (maternity cover for Sara Sadler)
The costume collection
In 2007 the museum acquired an historic costume collection from Bedales School, comprising of c1000 pieces from crinolines, ball gowns, hunting coats, hats, mourning wear, swimwear, underwear, debutante gowns, an elegant England First XI ladies’ hockey dress from the 1880s/90s. Bedales began amassing historic clothes in the 1940s, before they were seen as valuable collectors’ items, and then used them as costumes in school plays. The resulting collection is unique – a living link with the first owners of these clothes centuries ago. The oldest pieces are women’s dresses from the 1720s whilst the oldest male costume is an embroidered coat and waistcoat in silk from the 1770s. English chintz dresses from the Regency and Victorian periods are matched by more modern examples, including a 1910-15 white silk Liberty's dress embroidered in white, a 1930s Chanel evening dress in yellow silk and heavy ruched nylon ball gown from the mid 1950s in the fashionable material of the time – nylon.
Flora Twort Gallery
Tel: 01730 260756
This gallery displays examples from the Bedales Historic Costume Collection dating from 1720, and pieces of work by the artist Flora Twort. There is also a temporary exhibition space which displays collections from professional artists and community groups.
The museum also holds c3500 photographs which show life in Petersfield and the surrounding villages from the beginning of the 20th century through to the present day.