Costume Society Museum Placement Award

The museum has just received news it has been awarded a Costume Society Museum Placement Award.

The application for this was made to The Costume Society by the museum, as we hold a nationally significant collection of costume and textiles which containing around 5,000 items and for the last two years, a group of 14 Arts Society volunteers (in four groups) have been working through the items in storage to re-catalogue the collection.

In December 2017, the museum was awarded a grant from the Museums Association Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund for a project, Look Again: Discovering Centuries of Fashion, which aims to work with the local community, particularly young people (11-18) to reinterpret and redisplay the costume collection so it appeals to a wider audience.

The Arts Society volunteers are now rediscovering many forgotten gems in the collection and will be sharing these with the young people as part of the Look Again project.

The funding will mean that one of our volunteers, Sue Martin will work with each group of Arts Society Volunteers to select and research items to be proposed to the young people working on Look Again.

This award also means that a greater selection of items from the collection to be offered for display in the new galleries and that The Art Society volunteers will be supported in their reseach. Everything chosen will be shown to the local community through the Look Again project, so watch out for more updates on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!