Costume and Textile Association

C&TA News

What a lovely afternoon we had
at the St Giles Rooms on 22 April,
with several members giving
short talks about a variety of subjects. We were told about dyeing, weaving, tambour beading, friendship with a special lady, being a May Queen and quilting.
Isobel told members about the C&TA resource collection that can be viewed on the gallery pages of this website and all this was topped off with tea and cake.
What’s not to like!

Please note we have 2 new events on our events page;

Costume Detectives for a day
Corsets; Agony and Ecstasy 

We were thrilled to receive the
joint 2nd prize in the
BAfM newsletter competition.
Alan Swerdlow, BAfM Regional Coordinator for the Eastern Counties came along to the Castle to present the award and £50 cheque. 

Why not take a look at The British Association of Friends Museums (BAfM) website; 

Geoffrey Squire Memorial Bursary
Thanks to a generous legacy to the Costume and Textile Association for Norfolk Museums from the estate of the late Geoffrey Squire (1924 -2011), a well-known costume and textile historian and theatre designer, the C&TA intends to award a bursary in his memory. In keeping with his career and lifelong interests, the bursary will be awarded to support research work and study in the field of textiles or costume. See the dedicated page to this bursary on this website.

‘Nelson and Norfolk’.

C&TA are delighted to announce their support for the conservation of a unique textile in the collections of Norfolk Museums’ Service, the Ensign of Le Généreux, given to the City of Norwich by Captain Edward Berry and Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson in 1800.
This huge French Tricolour flag was displayed for nearly a century in St Andrews Hall in Norwich and has not been seen in public since 1905. The flag is very fragile and requires extensive conservation before it can take its place as the centre of a major exhibition at the Castle Museum, ‘Nelson and Norfolk’ which opens on the 29th of July 2017.
The C&TA are making a grant contribution of £5,000 towards the conservation work and are launching a Just Giving campaign to seek donations of a further £5,000. The money will be used to pay for professional conservation and display of the Ensign and will enable Norfolk Museums to pack the flag in more accessible storage so that it can still be viewed after the exhibition has closed in October 2017.

To make a donation please follow this link and please do share his page with your friends and networks!

Membership Info



Leave a Legacy

Would you like to leave a legacy to C&TA, so you can continue helping to support the Norfolk Museum Service? There are two types of bequests you may like to consider detailed oposite, with suggested sample wording.



Please remember to use the full name and the correct registered address and charity number:
Costume and Textile Association for Norwich Museums (C&TA)
Registered Charity No. 1000730,
c/o Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich NR1 3JQ.
Thank you kindly if you decide you would like to do this.

We are very pleased to offer members the chance to purchase a ‘Life Membership’ of C&TA, rather than renew every year. The cost of this will be £250 for a single membership and £350 for joint membership.
Members who take up this option will receive a yearly membership card by post as before.

Pecuniary bequest

(a fixed sum of money);
Sample wording for a pecuniary bequest;
I give free of tax to the Costume and Textile Association for Norwich Museums (C&TA) Registered Charity No. 1000730, c/o Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich NR1 3JQ, the sum of £ (figures and words) to be used for its general charitable purposes, and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executor.
These types of legacies can often be affected by inflation and their value can decrease e.g. £10,000 this year will probably not be worth the same in the future. However, you can choose to link pecuniary legacies to the Retail Price Index, in order to safeguard the sum of your gift. You should consult your solicitor and/or accountant for full details on index-linking.

Residuary bequest
(a proportion)
Sample wording for a residuary bequest
I give (%) of the residue of my real and personal estate which I can dispose of by Will in any manner I think proper to the Costume and Textile Association for Norwich Museums (C&TA) Registered Charity No. 1000730, c/o Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich NR1 3JQ. The receipt of the Trustees or the proper officer for the time being of C&TA, shall be a complete discharge to my Executors.
Suggested added wording for either bequest;
If at my death any charity named as a beneficiary in this Will or any Codicil hereto has changed its name, or amalgamated with, or transferred its assets to another body, then my Executors shall give effect to any gift made to such charity as if it had been made (in the first case), to the body in its changed name or (in the second place), to the body which results from such amalgamation or to which such transfer has been made.


C&TA membership

If you are looking for that

elusive gift

to give to those members of your family and friends who have everything?

Look no further than

C&TA membership

for a year!

Just think how much fun your friends can have coming to our many and varied events, reading our newsletters and using all the many benefits that come with membership:

For details please go to our membership page







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