Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

Events & Exhibitions

Costume Trail
1 October 2016 to 31 August 2018 - Autumn 2016 - Summer 2018

Location: Art Gallery
Contact:  01903 221 448

Costume, Fashion and Textiles, Event


COSTUME TRAIL AUTUMN 2016 - SUMMER 2018

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery’s costume collection is one of the largest in the country, numbering some 30,000 objects. The Costume Trail opens the doors of the museum to a wider audience, bringing our valuable costume collection out of the museum and into familiar locations and venues throughout Worthing.
A changing series of displays using WMA’s costume collection is presented in state-of-the-art cases located in 9 popular, diverse venues across the town. Our illustrated trail map leads visitors on a journey across Worthing, uncovering a snapshot of the extensive costume collection and discovering more about the town’s social history and the lives of people who lived here.
Support and funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and South East Museums Development Programme has enabled us to realise this unique and ambitious trail. Community arts group Creative Waves have run research workshops with young people to assist with costume selection and case dressing. 
The trail asserts Worthing Museum & Art Gallery as a centre of excellence for the visual arts and is creating a buzz about our costume collection and museum!

View here: Costume Trail Map 

Download PDF FileCostume trail map (15,084KB)

FOLLOW THE TRAIL AND WIN CINEMA TICKETS!

For a chance to win four cinema tickets to the Connaught Cinema, visit each of the trail sites and correctly answer the questions featured in the illustrated trail map. See the ‘Competition’ page for more details.

JOIN IN ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Share your pictures of the costume trail using #WMACostume and tag @worthingmuseum

THE COLLECTION

One of the largest collections of its kind in the country, garments in WMA’s Costume Collection date from the 17th century up to the present day.
The collection is wide-ranging and encompasses all areas of costume and textiles including menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and accessories collected from all areas of society - from haute couture to high street, and includes exquisite dressmaker and homemade garments, all collected by museum staff since 1908. Key items include 19th century women's dress, underwear, swimwear, accessories, smocks and quilts.
The collection also covers a comprehensive archive of ephemera and associated material including fashion plates, paper patterns, magazines and photographs.

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