Weald & Downland Living Museum

Exhibition: Historic clothing

The Historic Clothing exhibition provides the chance to find out more about this project. Since 2006, clothing has been made for the Museum site. It is specific to the era and status of the homes of the Museum.

Thursday 8th August 2019

For a month, you can see many items of historic clothing on display in the Michael Burton gallery. This project was started in order to better explain the Museum exhibit buildings. There have been similar projects, for example creating historic gardens and furniture for the site. All are to encourage an better understanding of everyday life in the past.

The project has produced clothing for different eras. This includes late Saxon clothing (c.950); Medieval male and female clothing (c.1310); Medieval male and female clothing (c.1380). Also Tudor male and female clothing (c.1540); Stuart male and female clothing (c.1630); Georgian male and female clothing (c.1760) and Victorian female clothing (c.1890). Two professional advisors supported a team of volunteers, with staff, who have hand-sewn items at the Museum.