Revealed: our programme for 2020
It's here! our new programme for 2020 includes the usual fantastic mix of events we know you'll love.
There are fascinating talks, a trip to the Norwich Cathedral Broderers' Workshop, and another interesting and entertaining presentation from the History Wardrobe. Meredith Towne will also be back for our Christmas get-together.
We also have a two-night trip to the Cotswolds, to visit the Arts and Crafts Rodmarton Manor and Stroudwater Textile Trust's Dunkirk Mills in Nailsworth.
Our first talk is in January, with Jean Smith taking a look at the costume revealed in the wonderful bosses of Norwich Cathedral. (Photo copyright Paul Hurst)
Visit our events page for full details.
Shawl expert Helen Hoyte on video
We are delighted to be able to bring you three excerpts from a major film project, which recorded some of the knowledge, expertise - and sheer enthusiasm - of our vice-president, Helen Hoyte.
Helen talks about the beginnings of the Norwich shawl industry, about the precious dye, Norwich red, and about the woman who launched the C&TA, Pamela Clabburn.
View videos of Helen Hoyte, shawl and textile expert
Find out more about Pamela Clabburn
NEW: The Miscellany edition from 2018 is now available to read along with other past editions. View it here.
UPDATED: See our previews page for Zandra Rhodes and African Textiles exhibitions.
Take a look back at our shawls exhibition
Our exhibition, Norwich Shawls, Past Glory, Present Inspiration, drew record numbers of enthusiastic visitors to Norwich Cathedral in 2016. Now you can take a look back at the exhibition through our online catalogue. View the exhibition catalogue slideshow
The Costume & Textile Association is an independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums Service.
Norwich is a fine city whose heritage owes much to the textile industry which brought wealth to the city between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries.
The legacy can still be enjoyed today: Norwich is still enriched by the different styles, culture, architecture and language that can be traced back to the ‘Strangers’ who came from the Low Countries to work in the textile industry.
The Costume and Textile Association (C&TA) is a lively organisation bringing together people who are keen to support and learn more about the history and development of costume and textiles.
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The C&TA works to raise money for the museums service, but is independent of it.
Over the last three decades Costume and Textile Association members have contributed more than £100,000 to enable the Norfolk Museums Service to extend and improve its costume and textile collection.
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Our first email newsletter was sent on November 12. We're planning to keep in touch with both members and interested non-members through further e-newsletters. To find out more, and sign up, visit our email newsletter page.
Did you know?
Wealthy Dutch gentry wanted the best for their clothes... and the best was cloth made in Norwich. Thanks to the C&TA, the Museums Service collection includes a Dutch skirt made from beautiful Norwich fabric.
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