Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award Winner
Twelve applications were received of a very high standard. After much discussion, the judging panel agreed that the Award should go to Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery, for the conservation and mounting for display, of a green dress and a matching green jacket, as key items in its forthcoming "A Stitch in Time: The story of the Sewing Machine", Exhibition which is due to open in February 2017.
The garments to be conserved are hand stitched and will be used to introduce the history of the sewing machine, referencing not only its importance in the history of clothing manufacture but also its effect on the lives of women.
The Museum was first opened in 1980 run by volunteers. Its sewing machine collection was awarded "recognised collection of national significance" from Museum Galleries Scotland in 2013.
The sum of the award made is £9560.
This is not the end of the story. For 2017 applications can be made for awards up to £5,000. Details of the application process for 2017 will be posted on the Costume Society website later in the year.