Costume and textiles

Dating from the 16th century to the present day, this collection represents the dress of the rural working poor and the well-to-do. It includes delicate lace, sunbonnets, Dorset featherstitch, smocks, quilts, Dorset buttons, shoes and gentlemen’s 18th-century dress.

Christmas & New Year Opening Times 

Sat 24 December | CLOSED
Sun 25 December | CLOSED
Mon 26 December | CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Wed 28 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Thurs 29 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Fri 30 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Sat 31 Dec | OPEN – 9am to 3pm (early closing)
Sun 1 Jan 2023 | CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Tues 3 Jan | OPEN, normal hours

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Costume and textiles

November 10, 2020

Rural worker’s shoe              

Workers’ shoes rarely survive because they were often used until they wore out. This shoe was discovered in a barn and still has mud and…

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Costume and textiles

November 10, 2020

Sunbonnet    

Cotton bonnets shielded women’s faces and necks from the sun and rain. They shared similar print patterns or colours with the dresses women wore.  …

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dorset-museum-shepards-smock

Costume and textiles

November 2, 2020

Shepherd’s smock

Dorset shepherd Job Green owned this smock made from hardwearing cotton and gathered at the front to give it shape. The thick fabric, stains and…

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Costume and textiles

October 14, 2020

The Bond family raised-work box   

Raised, or stump, work was a popular 17th-century embroidery technique. Its padded decoration often featured biblical motifs, plants and flowers, but the figures on this…

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Costume and textiles

October 14, 2020

Embroidered shoe   

18th-century shoes often matched the colours of women’s luxurious silk gowns. Professional embroiderers would have decorated the fabric with floral designs ready for the shoemaker…

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