Historic clothes are focus of Petersfield museum

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PETERSFIELD’S museum has been granted £5,000 to help conserve clothes up to 220 years old.

The Association of Independent Museums has awarded the grant to the museum in St Peter’s Road.

Back in 2007 Bedales School, near Petersfield, gave the museum a collection of around 1,000 clothes including dresses, suits, coats, accessories and shoes dating from the 1790s to the 1960s.

The school had collected these garments over many years to use them in drama productions.

The grant will contribute to a year-long project to secure the long-term conservation of the collection and increase people’s knowledge about it.

Dress historian Veronica Isaac has been examining the clothes. She said: ‘The breadth of the collection continues to impress, and items already examined range from a stunning early nineteenth century brown silk cloak (circa 1825 to 1835) with a vivid yellow silk interior and interlined with fleece for warmth, to a beautiful white cotton muslin day dress (circa 1835 to 1842).’