A rare chance to view exquisitely made clothing and linens dating back to the late 1700s is being offered by Warkworth District Museum at its next Tea & Talk event on Tuesday, August 28.
The museum has a substantial, and nationally important, textile collection with thousands of clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, plus household linens and fabrics, that date back over more than 200 years.
However, since light can damage or destroy delicate and fragile fabrics, only a tiny proportion of the collection can ever be shown at one time, with the bulk of it stored carefully away in the museum’s extensive textiles department and archive.
The Tea & Talk event will allow visitors to learn about the history and extent of the collection, the care and conservation processes needed to preserve items and to see up close some of its rarest and finest treasures that are too fragile to go on public display.
Textile Treasures will run from 10am to 11.30am, with tea and coffee supplied; gold coin donation appreciated.