Situated on Totnes High Street in a Grade 1 listed building with fine original Tudor plaster ceilings, the Totnes Fashion & Textile Museum is home to the Devonshire Collection of Period Costume, one of the largest private collection of its type in the UK. The collection holds tens of thousands of objects and items of clothing, the earliest dating from about 1650, although most come from the 18th century to the present day. With more than 100 storage boxes each holding multiple hats, and eight boxes simply storing shawls, there are legions of accessories, handbags and shoes, and clothes ranging from the sumptuous to the everyday.
2019 Pop Up Exhibition:
The 2019 exhibition is “The Jazz Age: female fashions from 1925 to 1935”
The Museum is currently experiencing necessary renovation work which is restricting the ability of the Museum to mount a full scale exhibition therefore admission is currently by donation rather than a set charge, with all the money raised going to help keep the organisation going.
The Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 5 pm from 21st May to 27th September. All opening details, plus information on talks, regular articles and updates can be found on the website.