CLD Online Tutorial



Home page CLDs in action CLDs in practice Do it yourself Sharing CLDs Message Forum
FAQs Glossary Terminology Schemas Display Feedback

Section 11:


View 4

Return to home page

View 4. record display 'collections for researchers'.

This provides a very full description, and list the sub-collections. It gives details of the research facilities as well as location and admission details.

Museum of Costume, Bath

This important costume collection divides into several elements: early dress, before 1800; the 19th century; modern dress; and dress accessories and underclothes. The modern collection is strong in the work of 20th century British designers, although it includes the work of leading designers from Europe, the United States and Japan.

Included in the collection are several rare pieces by Lucille, Lady Duff Gordon, the first London couturiere to be recognised as a dress designer in her own right at the beginning of the 20th century. Norman Hartnell is also well represented, as are the design houses of Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.

Vogue magazine donated to the museum a collection of 60 ensembles of clothes each one contributed by one of the currently influential designers of 1991. This collection gives a snapshot of fashion design over the world in one particular year.

The Fashion Research Centre is an extension of the Museum of Costume and provides facilities for reference and research into the history of dress. The study collection includes examples of costume, accessories, textiles and needlework of 18th to 20th century date. The Research Centre offers access to its facilities to all members of the public.

Sub-collection: Dress of the Year Collection
Sub-collection: Harborow Collection [duplicate royal coronation gloves]
Sub-collection: Lady Ottoline Morrell's Collection
Sub-collection: Museum of Costume Study Facility
Sub-collection: Spence Collection [gloves]

There are currently 30,000 items. The Museum continues to collect items through both purchase and donation.

Private collection of Doris Langley Moore BE, a distinguished collector, designer and historian of costume, was donated to the City of Bath in 1963 and was founded as the Museum of Costume.

The Lady Ottoline Morrell collection was purchased in March 2000 with a grant from the National Art Collections Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museums & Galleries Commission / Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Fund.

The Spence collection of gloves is on loan from the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London.

Contents Date: 1575 onwards

Permanent display and special exhibitions can be seen during opening hours. Contact Curator to arrange study visits.

Address: Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath
Tel: 01225 477 789

Opening Hours: The Museum is open every day (except 25 & 26 December) from 10.00 to 16.30 (last exit at 17.00).

Content by: Shirley Keane of UKOLN.
Page last revised on: 21-Aug-2003
Email comments to: