Costume and Textiles Association New Members Tea

On Saturday I ventured into Norwich Castle to a room that is not normally open to the public for the new members tea for The Costume and Textile Association – an independent charity which was set up to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.

Established in 1989 with a current membership of around 500. They put on events throughout the year – talk. exhibitions and tours around normally unseen areas of the museums in Norfolk.  This year they are planning Great War Fashion (think Mr Selfridge) – a history wardrobe presentation, and as they are celebrating the 80’s with an afternoon of nostalgia of there 25 year history.

Until I went along I had no idea that such treasures were tucked away including original Horrocks Dresses along side books, and a wealth of information on the clothes we wore and the textile industry in Norwich.

Two of the stunning dresses they had on display.
And the cupcakes were good too!!
I am really excited that I will be working with some of the members to create a window display in the reception of The Maids Head for so make sure that you pop along and check out the display.
If you want to find out more information or become a member yourself – and I thoroughly recommend it to get a chance to see all the fabulous costumes and textiles that have –



  • Mim says:

    When I was a kid growing up in Norfolk, Stranger’s Hall was one of my favourite places to go, and they used to have parts of the costume collection on show there. It’s such a shame there’s not a dedicated museum for it in the city.

  • karenjw says:

    I know it would be fabulous to have a proper museum that showcased the wonderful collections – especially since we have Norwich Fashion Week and such a big vintage community here – maybe one day!!

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