2 December 2021

Secrets from the stores: Highlights from the costume collection

Bristol Museums has an extensive collection of costume and textiles comprising around 10,000 items dating from the 1730s.

These exquisite items include beautiful court dresses, printed Victorian fabrics, flapper dance wear and wartime utility. Accessories range from fans, hats and corsages to all kinds of unusual shoes such as dancing slippers, silk boots, and 1970s platforms.

This online talk will take you into the museum stores for a visual feast of fashion history. You will hear about changing styles, uncover hidden details and hear about the social changes that shape the costume collection. 

Speaker: Catherine Littlejohns, senior curator of the Historic Houses

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 2 December.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

This talk is part of our fortnightly season of late lunchtime talks.