CORONAVIRUS (COVID19): All C&TA events, including Shirehall visits for new members, have been cancelled for the foreseeable future in light of government advice. Once things settle down we will be in touch again to let you know if events can be re-scheduled, or if those who have bought tickets will be refunded. You can also sign up to our newsletter.
An online event for you to join in
The effects of have taken us all by surprise and once the ‘lockdown’ was in place all C&TA events Covid19 had to be put on hold. We’re pleased to say that to date all events have simply been postponed, in many instances, until a similar date in 2021. Consequently no money has been lost, so we hope to see you all when dates are finalised. New tickets will be issued when dates for 2021 are finalised.
Returning to the present, we are aware that you are missing both the stimulation of interest and the social aspects of events.
So we are asking if members would be interested in a virtual ‘Show and Share’ session via ‘Zoom’, the video software which the committee have been using for their meetings since April.
Advice will be given about how to join in such a session and there would a practice run for up to 40 minutes on June 26 at 2pm when Joy and committee members will give an update.
The show and share event will take place on Monday 13th July 2020 for 40 minutes, with a second 40-minute slot added if required. You will have five minutes for your ‘show and share’ slot.
If you would like to join us please could you provide the following information to Barbara Coe, via:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone – 01603 745 766
Address – 70 West End, Old Costessey, Norwich NR8 5AJ
Information needed from you:
If you would like to take part please could you send this information to Barbara by Friday June 19, as it will take time to arrange and carry out a successful practice session prior to the actual Zoom event.
We do hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing many of you on July 13.
Join our Coronaquilt campaign!
What a fantastic collection of squares are coming in for our Coronaquilt!
The C&TA invited members, friends and family to join us in making a cheering quilt: a 'Coronaquilt'. Sew a small square in any technique and any style - and you don't have to be an expert stitcher.
So why not join in? Find out all about the project here.
What have YOU been up to during the lockdown?
We are asking you to send us pictures and news about what you are up to during these difficult days and weeks. We have some interesting ideas which we will post here, on Facebook and our other social media sites. The latest is Jean Smith's mystery embroidery.
Visit the 'My Project' page to see the work.
Join Jacquie's quilters
And there's another project to join in - C&TA member Jacquie Harvey BEM is known around the world for her quilting. When she heard about our community Coronaquilt, she told us about her own quilt project, which you can also join. Jacquie's is a six-month project, in which you make all the squares yourself.
Find out more about Jacquie's project
Shawl expert Helen 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
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, and read our mission statement, constitution and data protection policy.
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
CALLING SPINNERS, WEAVERS AND DYERS IN NORWICH: There are currently five guilds of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers serving Norfolk and Suffolk - but there is no guild based in the Norwich city area. But that gap may be filled. See our news page for more info.
UPDATED: Show a little love to the humble pyjamas, and share some of their history. Fashion and Textile Museum article.
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.
We are continuing to send out newsletters during the lockdown. 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.