Always Check Directly with Museums for Updated Information
Always telephone first to check if the museum is still showing examples of
dress or accessories or textiles. Galleries are updated sometimes to improve
conservation conditions. Also check days and times of opening. Some museums
close when you least expect it such as on a Friday. Many venues have internet sites with information on
opening hours and fees.
charge an entrance fee, but some publicly owned venues in the UK now have free
entrance once again.
If you wear heels I suggest you take a pair of low flatter
shoes or check beforehand that the venue will let you in if they are preserving
original wooden floors. All National Trust properties like the base of a shoe
heel to be at least about 3 cm square. I was once refused entry because of
wearing a heel deemed too damaging, luckily I had a spare pair of flat sandals
in the car and soon caught up with my group.
Some of these museums have direct web links and others are
reviewed better on a secondary site. If you do find any broken links or changes
of information please write to me at the email address in the footer.
A few arts venues in this list are not costume museums, but they may contain
paintings or research facilities showing an era's important clothing and decorative objects to be
studied alongside costume.
These museums are all linked to information pages
Clicking the excellent links will give you greater guidance
on the contents of each museum.
A website visitor recently wrote to tell me of this museum. "Snibston
Museum in Coalville Leicestershire is home to the Symington collection of
corsets. It also has fashions from c1750 to present day and archives Next
fashion as they are based in Leicestershire."
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