View our videos of shawl and textile expert Helen Hoyte
We are delighted to be able to bring you three excerpts from a major film project, organised by C&TA vice-chairman Pippa Lacey, which recorded some of the knowledge and 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. Take a look here
Take a look back at shawls exhibition
0ur 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 catalogue slideshow
Our bursary award winners revealed
The winners of the Geoffrey Squires Bursary Award for 2019 have been announced. The selection panel decided to award £1000 each to two excellent projects.
One award will help to fund photographic images for a new book on embroidery in the Anglo-Saxon period. The second award goes to a Norfolk weaver who is researching the unsung heroines of Norfolk's worsted industry, the women who span the yarn to keep the weavers working.
Read more here.
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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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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