Costume and Textile Association


Costume and Textile Study Centre
Market Avenue




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Shirehall update

from Ruth Battersby Tooke, Curator

Initial storage issues with the rolled textiles have been resolved, with huge cantilever units holding all the bedcovers and hangings. Work is now focussed on placing parasols, walking sticks, umbrellas and delicate flat textiles into our plan chest drawers. These drawers not only offer better storage for the objects, because they are not stacked in boxes, but they also give us the opportunity to open the drawers during stores tours. We can now show beautifully arranged collections offering visitors an at a glance view of many of our finest objects.

We are also working at putting the framed textiles onto mesh panels around the walls of the storage spaces, again this will be better for the objects and lovely for all to look at.

At Shirehall we are contributing to the events programmes at Norwich Castle Museum and the Bridewell Museum, to showcase aspects of the collections and over the summer we are hoping to develop some events in our new home.

We have been busy with visits from students, artists and researchers seeing over 100 people each month. We also welcomed a few group visits as varied as a coach load of quilting tourists and a local history group looking at the Lopham Linen industry.

We are very excited by the varied range of work that we are involved, including; Norwich hosting the Costume Society Symposium and setting up an exhibition of the Lorina Bulwer samplers at Time and Tide Museum and Gressenhall.

For enquiries about booking either a group or individual appointment to view the collections please either telephone us on 01603 495897 or email

Please call 01603 495897
to book an appointment to view some of the collection

 Click here to view the Countrywide Curators Report for 2013/14


Norwich Castle Study Centre

Booking essential, 01603 495897 or 493625.



C&TA members helping at the Make do and Mend skill sharing sessions at Shire Hall recently












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