Costume and Textile Association


Costume and Textile Study Centre
Market Avenue




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Shirehall update

from Ruth Battersby Tooke, Curator

Initial storage issues with the rolled textiles have been resolved, with huge cantilever units holding all the bedcovers and hangings. Work is now focussed on placing parasols, walking sticks, umbrellas and delicate flat textiles into our plan chest drawers. These drawers not only offer better storage for the objects, because they are not stacked in boxes, but they also give us the opportunity to open the drawers during stores tours. We can now show beautifully arranged collections offering visitors an at a glance view of many of our finest objects.

We are also working at putting the framed textiles onto mesh panels around the walls of the storage spaces, again this will be better for the objects and lovely for all to look at.

At Shirehall we are contributing to the events programmes at Norwich Castle Museum and the Bridewell Museum, to showcase aspects of the collections and over the summer we are hoping to develop some events in our new home.

We have been busy with visits from students, artists and researchers seeing over 100 people each month. We also welcomed a few group visits as varied as a coach load of quilting tourists and a local history group looking at the Lopham Linen industry.

We are very excited by the varied range of work that we are involved, including; Norwich hosting the Costume Society Symposium and setting up an exhibition of the Lorina Bulwer samplers at Time and Tide Museum and Gressenhall.

For enquiries about booking either a group or individual appointment to view the collections please either telephone us on 01603 495897 or email

Please call 01603 495897
to book an appointment to view some of the collection

 Click here to view the Countrywide Curators Report for 2013/14


Norwich Castle Study Centre

Booking essential, 01603 495897 or 493625.



C&TA members helping at the Make do and Mend skill sharing sessions at Shire Hall recently








C&TA 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!









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