Costume and Textiles

In addition to our own collections we now look after the 7000 pieces of stitch owned by the Embroiderers Guild (click to access their site)

Guild Collections will be added to our search facility during 2017 but are not yet searchable from this location.

Search other collections by clicking here. The BCM costume and textiles collection contains nearly 10,000 items, ranging from 16th century hats to 21st century shoes. There is also one of the best collections of lace and lacemaking equipment in the country, reflecting Buckinghamshire’s importance as a centre for pillow lace production.

PersianThe costume collection is drawn from the whole of southern England and is of regional and national significance, containing a number of important individual pieces, groups and collections. Notable are the Alfred Sotheby collection of 18th century men’s clothing and a loan collection of 85 military uniforms from the Bucks Military Museums Trust.

The textile holdings include patchwork, quilting, embroidery, weaving and knitted items, crochet and sewn work. Notable among these are a stunning embroidered Persian hanging and a Victorian soldier’s patchwork rug made using scraps of military cloth.

SlapsoleIf you would like to find out more, or see any of the collection that is not currently on display, you can make an appointment with the collections team, either individually, or as a small group. There may be a charge for this.