An Introduction to working with Costume Collections
Monday, 19 January 2015 from 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT)
Due to popular demand, this is a repeat of the one day training workshop held in May. It will provide a brief introduction to the fashions of the 19th and 20th centuries, looking at different styles and features that will help you to date historic costume. You will learn how to handle, document and label costume, through hands-on exercises. You will receive an insight into a recent costume display at Blaise, as well as a tour of the extensive stored collection.
Who should attend?
Staff, trustees and volunteers who care for costume collections but have limited experience or knowledge of working with them.
What will you learn?
By the end of the session you will be able to
- identify key fashions from the 19th and 20th centuries
- understand how to handle, document and label costume
- know where to find further resources
Delegates should bring a notebook and pencil. Lunch will not be provided but can be bought from the onsite café.
Helen McConnell is Collections Officer for Public History at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives. Based between M Shed and Blaise Castle House Museum, she helps to care for and make accessible a large collection of domestic and social history objects. Prior to this, Helen completed the HLF-funded Skills for the Future programme as Social History Curatorial Trainee at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry. She has an MA in Museum Studies from Newcastle University and previously managed funding awards to museums and galleries at the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Helen is a trustee of the Social History Curators Group and Editor of its Journal.
The South West Museum Skills programme is delivered by the South West Federation on behalf of the South West Museum Development Partnership, funded by Arts Council England.
When & Where
The South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries (SWFed)
The South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries is the 'voice' of museums and art galleries across the South West of England.
As an independent membership based organisation, we have supported the region's museums and art galleries and the people that work in them - for over 80 years!
We deliver the South West Museum Skills programme on behalf of the South West Museum Development Partnership, which is funded through Arts Council England.