Costume and Textiles

The costume and textiles collection includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories and textiles, made or used in North Somerset. The majority of the collection dates from the 1850s to the present day, reflecting Weston-super-Mare’s development as a seaside resort. Costume and textiles represents 2% of the North Somerset Council museum collection.


Highlights from the Costume and Textiles Collection:

The costume and textiles collection includes a small but significant group of garments made locally by named makers. There is also an important collection of uniforms and occupational clothing. Outstanding individual items include an embroidered teacloth dating to the 1600s, a side-saddle riding habit dating to the 1890s made by James Salisbury of Weston-super-Mare, and a fine pair of shoes dating to the 1600s.