Beaminster Museum will be reopening for the summer season with a new exhibition about the town’s sewing history.

On Good Friday, March 29, the museum will launch the new exhibition A Stitch in Time which explores local needlecraft throughout the years, from cobblers to couture costumes, to tailoring and tapestries.

The exhibition will include census information for each parish which shows how many were employed as milliners, dressmakers, shoemakers, or glovers. 

It will also shed light on what local shops were selling in the 19th century, with the well-off able to purchase ready-made costumes and millinery, while those who sewed their own clothes and bedding had to make do with humbler materials from the draper’s store.

The museum will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Bank holidays from 10.30am to 4.00pm and on Sundays from 2.00 – 4.30pm. 

Entry is free but donations are welcome.  

More information is available on the Beaminster Museum website: