Opening Thursday 15 July 

The Costume Collection at Tullie House boasts two stunning new permanent galleries dedicated to the display of the Museum’s amazing fashion and textile collection.

The galleries feature over forty outfits and accessories that tell the stories of some of the women who have lived, loved and worked in Carlisle over the past 300 years – from the infamous Carlisle ‘miser’ Margery Jackson to lesser known stories of Land Army girls, factory workers, nurses, radicals, homemakers and artists. The outfits range from the rare and beautiful to the practical and familiar but each one gives us an insight into the life and identity of the person they belonged to.

These brand-new galleries shine a light on hidden stories and identities. They celebrate the extraordinary – rare outfits, intricate and beautiful dresses marking special moments in time – and the ‘ordinary’ – practical outfits worn by working women over the centuries. The galleries also include an innovative digital art installation inspired by the history of Carlisle as a ‘textile city’ and feature the voices of some of the Museum’s visitors and community partners. Through beautiful architectural design and innovative displays, these stunning new galleries will provide a brand-new visitor experience. The Costume Collection at Tullie House will be one of the largest dedicated costume galleries in the North of England, celebrating a remarkable and rarely-seen fashion collection that features items of national significance.


Evelyn Charlotte Nakachwa's set of scrubs is featured in the Costume Collection gallery at Tullie House. The nurse talks about what her uniform means to her and how it contributes to her identity.

The Costume Collection at Tullie House has been generously supported by funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and the Northern Powerhouse, the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Exhibition and Architectural Design by Carmody Groarke.


Adult: Normal Admission charges apply


On: 15 th July 2021, 10:00 am


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