The collection, largely assembled during the 1980s, consists mainly of women's garments dating from the nineteenth century, with some examples of twentieth century items. Menswear is under-represented, but there is a stronger selection of underwear and children's garments, and fashion accessories of the Victorian period. There is a small collection of samplers which includes some eighteenth century examples, and lace making paraphernalia. In 2000 the Museum acquired material to represent the products produced by the textile industries in Bridgwater in the 20th Century. Much of this material is of national significance, in particular products made by S. Leffman and Son (later Baird Clothing) and shirt and collar manufacturers. Very little of the material is able to be displayed. The Bridgwater Historical Tapestry was designed and made by the Girls of Westover Secondary Modern School in 1951 to celebrate the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was extended in 1969, by the Pupils of Westover Secondary Mixed School, as a celebration of 500 years of the Mayorality of Bridgwater. The linear tapestry consists of a number of embroidered panels depicting events during Bridgwater's long history. Baird Clothing Banners A dress dyed with Perkin's Mauve ca. 1860 18th & 19th century Samplers The Bridgwater Historical Tapestry slideshow Catalogue of Textiles Photography by Orsolya Fekete-Budai.
Costume and Textile Collections
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