The Museum hopes to be open in 2021 from mid-May to the end of August with an exhibition on the theme “Out of the Blue”, featuring original costumes from the between the 1700s and the 1900s. Please check the website regularly to confirm details and to view a wide range of the Collection.
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. Because of building work at Bogan House admission is currently by donation.
2020 Virtual Exhibition
The 2020 exhibition was “The Survival of Glamour: 1935 to 1955” and a virtual version can be seen on their website.