City of Cambridge
The Fashion History Museum is located in a former post office in Hespeler. It was founded in 2004, but did not have a permanent home for ten years, resulting in travelling exhibitions until 2015 when they moved to their current location.
The collection in the museum spans from the 1660s to the present day, and includes almost 10,000 different items. One of their notable artifacts is claimed to be the oldest European shoe worn in America, while another noteworthy item is a hat worn by Julia Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant. As well as historical garments, the Fashion History Museum also highlights contemporary items, and has a library and archive of fashion-related publications. Artifacts from the Fashion History Museum have travelled to many locations around the world, including Hong Kong and Bahrain.
Admission to the Fashion History Museum is free for children under 12 years of age and to those accompanying persons with disabilities. Group rates may also be acquired upon request; these must be booked in advance. Guided tours may be arranged, for an additional charge. Please check the website for up-to-date admission prices.
The Fashion History Museum also holds a number of events, some of which include a Regency Bonnet Workshop in which attendees are given the materials to fashion a bonnet based on one in the collection that was worn by Emma Dobson of Yorkshire. It includes all materials to make the bonnet, refreshments, and admission to the museum. Another interesting event – Jane Austen’s Country Ball. It begins with a viewing of Jane Austen’s World: 1792-1817, then changes venue to a country ball with Regency music, games, and food.
Space at the Fashion History Museum events is limited and registration or tickets are required.
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