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Partnership with the V&A

Helping to conserve our textiles heritage

Close up of Coats restored cabinet in Study Room of Clothworkers' Centre

Coats textile cabinet in Clothworkers' Centre © V&A Museum

Conserving our textiles heritage

As a company that has been closely entwined in textiles crafts over the past two hundred years it is apt for us to play a role in helping to conserve our textiles heritage.

We are supporting The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, a new venture from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the premier global museum for textiles and fashion.

The Clothworkers' Centre at Blythe House in Kensington Olympia is a dedicated facility to study, conserve and store the V&A’s textiles and fashion collection.  It houses over 104,000 objects ranging from small textile fragments from Egypt to enormous tapestries created for medieval European palaces.  The Centre also preserves a variety of historic fashion pieces. 

Our donation, comprising a combination of funds from Coats plc, Coats Crafts Division and The Coats Foundation Trust, has enabled one of the antique wooden display cabinets from the former Textiles Gallery to be restored to accommodate textile samples in the Study Room. 

The cabinet contains 160 framed textiles showing the quality, geographic range and diversity of the collection and demonstrating a variety of textiles techniques and designs dating back to 500 AD. 

In addition, the Coats Crafts Division, which is dedicated to raising interest in and awareness of crafting, will work with the V&A to provide tutors and products for Coats Crafts workshops at the museum.

Zemire Red Dress from V& Collection

Credit: Zemire ensemble Christian Dior, 1950-54 © V&A Museum


Textile objects housed in new V&A Clothworkers' Centre



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