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7:00am 13th January 2018

Salisbury Musuem has been given over £115,000 to help show off its costumes.

The musuem, in the Cathedral Close, has more than five thousand costumes and textiles including fashion and military dress from the 18th and 19th century.

The money, which has come from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association will be used to help the museum reinterpret and redisplay its nationally significant collection of costume and textiles which date back to the 16th century.

The collection contains over 5,000 individual items including fashion and military dress from the 18th and 19th centuries; samplers, quilts and accessories including gloves, shoes, sunbonnets and buttons. The museum also has one of the largest collections of smocks in the UK.

Katy England, Learning Project Officer at The Salisbury Museum said they're "thrilled" to get the funding.

"We have been developing our work with young people and young carers here at the museum and this project will enable us to really build on this."

"Currently our costume collection is being re-catalogued by a team of volunteers from The Arts Society and they are discovering many forgotten gems in the collection. This project will forge links between the generations and help to tell the fascinating stories hidden in the collection."

The project will include an after-school club, workshops for secondary schools and colleges as well as workshops for the local community to take part in.

If you are interested in taking part in the project, please contact Katy England at the museum via email: katyengland@salisburymuseum.org.uk

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