Students show their textile design skills
Three students from Norwich University of the Arts have won prizes for their creative work, in a competition organised by the C&TA with support from Helen Hoyte.
Three prizes were given to the students for their designs and development of their project based on producing a commemorative scarf in this, the first year of the Helen Hoyte Student Award.
They were - 1. Paula Oliveria (left), Norwich Market, 2. Laura Barnwell (right), RSPB 'Give nature a home', 3. Nell Ross (centre), Typhoon test pilot. View more of their their fantastic designs here.
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 and another interesting and entertaining presentation from the History Wardrobe. Meredith Towne will also be back for our Christmas get-together.
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
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.
Find out more about us
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.
Find out more about our donations
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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DON'T MISS: The exhibition catalogue slideshow of our 2016 exhibition, Past Glory, Present Inspiration. View it here.
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.