Textile Society Museum Awards Announced

The George Marshall Medical Museum situated in the Royal Worcestershire Hospital has been awarded funds for its Threads of Health: Textiles in Medicine project. The focus of the project is on the conservation, presentation and interpretation of a rare mid 19th century child’s pneumonia jacket, one of only two know to exist in the UK. The project will support a body of research into the role of textiles in healthcare.

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries’ award is to support the conservation and display of two historically important and rare seamless woven shirts created by Henry Inglis in 1702 and Henry Meldrum in 1813. These remarkable garments will form a prominent part of a new exhibition when the galleries reopen in 2017, to demonstrate Dunfermline’s impressive weaving industry.

Our final award recipient for 2015 in this category is The Fashion Museum in Bath. Their grant is for the analysis, conservation and display of a fancy dress ensemble designed by English couturier Reville-Terry which will form part of a display of dresses in the museum’s forthcoming headline exhibition A History of Fashion in 100 Objects in 2016. The award will enable the museum to research, better understand and disseminate knowledge about the use of early synthetic fibres and fabrics in costume making in the UK in the 1920s.

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