Worthing Museum & Art Gallery



Costume Trail


Worthing Costume Trail is a wonderful way to discover the treasures hidden within Worthing Museum & Art Gallery’s costume collection. The trail features garments made and worn over the past 200 years, showcased at nine popular venues across Worthing. 

The latest displays of costume across the town are taken from the museum’s collection and presented outside its walls for the first time. From sumptuous 19th century pieces, to glamorous dresses of the 1930s and fabulous 1970s fashion. 

Thanks to support and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and South East Museums’ Development Programme, each item on the trail is hosted in a new state-of-the-art showcase which not only keeps each piece in optimum condition but also means the museum’s other collections will also be portable in the future.  

Get Involved

Throughout the project, WMA and Creative Waves will be working with local groups of children and will host a number of workshops directly linked with the Costume Trail. For more information about volunteering opportunities and updates on the workshops, simply visit our website: www.worthingmuseum.co.uk

Workshops and Talks

Saturday 19th November | 10:30am to 12pm | £7.50 Costume Curator Gerry Connolly will tell the story of the changing shapes of fashion from the mid 1700s through to the beginning of the 20th century. Using the museum's extensive costume collection the talk will illustrate the changes from 18th century court dress through the soft flowing princess line gowns of the Regency period to the corseted crinolines and bustle dresses of the Victorians.

Follow the Trail

Follow the Costume Trail using one of our trusty trail maps available for collection from the museum welcome desk. For your chance to win four cinema tickets to the Connaught Cinema just visit each of the sites and correctly answer the questions featured in the trail map. Once completed, simply hand in your trail at the Connaught Cinema box office for your chance to win! Good luck!

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*Terms and Conditions apply and exclusions apply to all live screen arts, opening weeks and one off events. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


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Heritage Lottery Fund

Previous HLF funding - Training for War - exploring the history of Shoreham Army Camp from 1914 to 1919

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Worthing Museum gained a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to work in partnership with Worthing College students and volunteers to discover the hidden stories of Shoreham Army Camp during the First World War. A special exhibition was held in the Studio during April 2015.

Discover the First World War HLF funded project summary:

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, the HLF invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.

See also: Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) website

Visit of Bands poster Back in Camp postcard