The Costume Gallery features both a main exhibition and a smaller 'costume of the month' display.
Currently exhibiting: Winter Drawers On
Winter in the UK is said to last from December to February, the season is generally cool, wet and windy, the temperatures rarely drop below −10 °C or rise above 15 °C.
It appears that winters are not as cold as they used to be, but is this really true or do we just lead much softer lives with central heating, double glazing and cars to take us from door to door? No longer is it necessary to wake and scrape the ice from the insides of windows and wash in an unheated bathroom, or even visit the privy in the garden. So the clothes we wear are now very different; no need for many layers of underwear and petticoats, and little need for long wool coats, hats and scarves. In the new costume exhibition ‘Winter Drawers on’ a selection of winter wear will be on display showing many styles and textiles that we no longer wear, but some of us will remember!
The exhibition runs from 24 November – April 2015
For further information contact Jeremy Knight, Museum and Heritage Manager.