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Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston


The Harris has a Costume & Textile Collection which includes over 6,000 items of historic and contemporary clothing, textiles and fashion plates.Highlights include women's wear from the 1800s, a complete set of Forbes Watson's Textiles Manufactures of India (1866) and a collection of Horrockses Fashions dresses.

Macclesfield has several textile-related museums.

People’s History Museum


The Museum collection originates from the the Trade Union, Labour and Co-operative History Society. It includes one of the world’s largest collections of historic trade union and political banners and is the UK’s leading authority on the conservation and study of banners. Banners and other items from our textile collection relating to the theme of the museum are on display throughout the galleries.