Sample textile

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Includes the Fashion and Style Gallery

Textiles from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Oceania

Olive Matthews collection containing dress, textiles, beadwork purses, lace, embroidery and needlework accessories

Crafts Study Centre

The Crafts Study Centre has a collection and archive of twentieth century British Crafts. It also has an on-going exhibition and events programme.

Embroiderers' Guild

Large crafts organisation which offers appointments to visitors to see its collection

The Geffrye Museum explores the home from around 1600 to the present day, focusing on the living rooms of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London.

Hampshire Museums Service

We manage 18 museums across Hampshire, and advise many more. We are the lead museum for the South East hub. We have a large dress and textiles collection, held centrally in Winchester, displays across the county, and have a team of staff and volunteers available to show groups and individuals items in store.

Horniman Museum

Textiles from Africa, Asia, North America, The Pacific and the largest European folk art collection in the UK

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)

Includes the Silver Studio Collection

Includes 20,500 items of costume and textiles, some pre-1700 and excavated material

Museum of Reading

Reading Museum Service aims to be a centre of excellence in providing opportunities for life-long learning through real objects and original documents

Pitt Rivers Museum

Textiles from Africa, North and South America, Japan and the Pacific Islands

Includes plastics, composite and smart materials as well as looms and sewing machines

V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and programmes.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Collection of over 5,000 textiles spanning 2,000 years on display in the galleries. Sample online some of the best textiles for historical research and reference. Use the Access to Images database to find images and information about textiles and dress in the collection.

Archive of Warner Textiles, now owned by Braintree Museum Trust.

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