Join Our Crowdfunder Project to Restore Two 1920’s Flapper Dresses

December 2, 2020 | Education, Learning and Outreach, What's On | David Birks | No comment

Save the dress that means freedom!    

Your donation will help us to shine a spotlight on this side of Trowbridge life and to explore and share the stories of two exquisitely beaded 1920’s Flapper Dresses from our collection: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/restoration-of-two-1920s-flapper-dresses

When we think of the roaring 1920s our minds lindy hop back to glamour looks, cool cats and smoky jazz bars.
Nothing evokes this image more than the iconic flapper dress.

However, we think of these dresses as more than just a risqué fashion movement…

Following centuries of long clothing and living in a male dominated society, many women had their first taste of freedom following the first world war. Men were away fighting for the country and it was time for women to show their strength and resilience.

With the men returning, these women were not going to give their new sense of freedom and power up. They wanted their voices heard!

Inspired by the spirit of jazz, the younger generation felt free, they swapped the Foxtrot for the Charleston and ditched restrictive corsets for boxy, shorter dresses.
They were proving that their worth was more than a shapely figure.

Inspired by these women, we are looking to restore our fabulous flapper dresses to their former glory. Sharing them with you!

For us they symbolize a generation of strength, unity after the great war and the freedom enjoyed in Trowbridge.

What we need to do:

Both of the dresses we want to restore are in our Morrison collection. A collection from a local family (Bratton), and both are heavily beaded or sequined on silk. They are likely to have been worn at The Town Hall in Trowbridge, or the woolpack pub (formally Court Hall, now Mastershoe)

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Silk is notorious for becoming fragile with age, and because of this, these dresses now cannot be lifted from the box without being caused further damage.

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The repairs will be made by a professional textile conservator, and will provide the dresses with support and stability so they can be displayed in the future.

Help us to restore these wonderful creations back to their former glory for everyone to enjoy: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/restoration-of-two-1920s-flapper-dresses.

We are very grateful for any donation you can make towards our project, thank you for supporting us.

COVID-19 Update

March 19, 2020 | Children and Young People, Education, Learning and Outreach, Exhibitions, Things to do, Uncategorised, What's On | David Birks | No comment

Dear Museum Supporter,

Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus/COVID-19 we have decided to cancel our activities and events programme for March, April and May. Activities and events planned for June onwards and are still due to take place but this may change over the coming weeks. This includes all schools workshops, guided walks, holiday activities and the Not In A Pub Quiz. The Shires Shopping Centre have not cancelled the activities we were due to run for them at present but this may well change in the near future – please see the Shires Shopping Centre website for up-to-date information.

We will try our best to to keep you updated via the website and our social media platforms.

Kind regards,

Trowbridge Museum

 

Feathered February

January 24, 2019 | Children and Young People, Things to do, What's On | David Birks | No comment

Join us in the February Half Term for three days of bird-themed crafts. Each workshop takes place in a different venue so make sure you note it down.
If you have a SEND child that would benefit from attending a quieter activity then please call us and we will try to accommodate you.

Tuesday 19th February: Feathered Friends (in the Shires Atrium)
Drop-in 10.30 – 3.30
Come along to the Shires Shopping Centre and make a (more…)

Not In A Pub Quiz at Leykers

August 9, 2017 | What's On | admin | No comment

Get your brains into gear for the next Trowbridge Museum “Not In A Pub Quiz” on Sunday 8th October – 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Leykers Coffee House in White Hart Yard. B6, who won the first quiz, have a narrow lead at the top of the league with several teams in hot pursuit.  They won a magnificent £60 plus some VIP invites to the Civic Open Mic night – the more players the bigger the prize pot.

The third quizzes will be on the 12th November and and the final one on the 10th December when the league winners will be announced. It costs £2.50 per person on the night or you can book a team for £12 per quiz, or the remaining three nights for the bargain price of £33. Doors open at 7pm and the bar will be open – phew!

To reserve a place for your team go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/191120

Onwards & Upwards – Creating a New Museum at Home Mill Trowbridge

July 22, 2017 | What's On | admin | No comment

Situated in its last working woollen mill in Trowbridge which closed in 1982, Trowbridge Museum tells the rich and varied story of the town, its people and the development and manufacture of its famous and high quality West of England woollen cloth.
Building upon 25 years of success, the museum has embarked on a development project to create a unique heritage attracation in the centre of Trowbridge and indeed the West of England.
The total cost of the development is £2,595,600.

In addition to a development grant of £100,000, the Heritage Lottery Fund has ring-fenced another £975,000 towards the expansion on the condition that we raise the remainder.
Trowbridge Town Council is providing matched funding of £1,053,850 towards the capital project and we have already received pledges and in-kind support for £289,800

We therefore have an outstanding cash shortfall of £176,950 and we are seeking support from others who share our vision.
Can you Help?

New Adult Workshop Programme

June 21, 2017 | What's On | admin | No comment

Our new programme of adult arts and craft workshops is out now. There are lots of great workshops to have a go at, all very affordable and no doubt very enjoyable. You can learn a variety of different art and craft skills including weaving, printmaking, felting, netting and crocheting. Booking is very straightforward – just go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/trowbridgemuseum

Saturday 24th June – Museum Closed

June 10, 2017 | What's On | admin | No comment

We apologise for any inconvenience – Trowbridge Museum will be closed on Saturday 24th of June.
Fear not, you can still come and visit us to learn about Trowbridge’s fantastic involvement in WW2 at Armed forces weekend in Trowbridge Town Park.
Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June.

Charity Cake Sale for Alzheimer’s Support

June 6, 2017 | What's On | admin | No comment

CALLING ALL
BAKERS & TAKERS
Thursday 15th June

Charity Cake Sale
at
TROWBRIDGE MUSEUM
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Arts & Crafts Group for Disabled Adults

March 27, 2017 | What's On | admin | No comment

Spaces have opened up in our Monday craft sessions for adults living with a variety of disabilities….
Our weekly craft sessions encourage expression, develop fine motor skills and most importantly are great FUN! (more…)

Adult Arts and Crafts

February 9, 2017 | Education, Learning and Outreach, Things to do, What's On | admin | No comment

Our new brochure detailing our spring/summer adult arts and craft workshops is out now. There are lots of great workshops to have a go at, all very affordable and no doubt very enjoyable. You can learn a variety of different art and craft skills including weaving, printmaking, felting, macrame and drawing. Booking is very straightforward – just go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/trowbridgemuseum. You can download a pdf of the brochure here – Spring/Summer Arts and Craft Brochure

 

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Phone01225 751339

EmailFor Museum expansion project:
clare.lyall@trowbridge.gov.uk

For general enquiries:
hannah.lyddy@trowbridge.gov.uk

For learning enquiries:
david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk
nikki.ritson@trowbridge.gov.uk

For retail enquiries:
andrea.bartlett@trowbridge.gov.uk

For marketing enquiries:
tessa.kerslake@trowbridge.gov.uk

LocationTrowbridge Museum
The Shires Shopping Centre
Court Street
Trowbridge
BA14 8AT
Wiltshire

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