We are continuing to acquire objects not represented in the Hopkins Collection so that we can teach as many areas of historical dress as possible using extant garments, textiles and related matter.

Our present focus is on developing our collections of mens’ tailored garments pre-1900, women’s underpinnings and pre-1700 textiles and dress, together with historical sewing samplers.

We are also delighted to accept donations of objects that add to our collections.

Historical tools are vital to our teaching. Amongst others we are collecting nineteenth century sewing machines and sewing pillows and have commissioned the manufacture of medieval curved leather knives, iron buttonhole cutters, pinking tools and sixteenth century ruff-setting irons for our students to use.

gallery of our recent acquisitions