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Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through Gloucester's vibrant history, meticulously woven into fabric! Join the Museum of Gloucester for their extraordinary exhibition, Buttons, Badges and Blazers, generously funded by the Arts Council England.

Chosen from the city's collection of 4,500 costumes, Gloucester's past is unveiled like never before. Delve into the hidden narratives that highlight the city's evolution, from the 16th to the 20th century.

At the heart of this showcase are uniforms that stand as witness to history. These garments connect us to famous individuals, forgotten organisations, and familiar landmarks, shedding light on the social changes in our city. Through these textiles, we trace the progress of society across gender, politics and wealth.

Prominent pieces on display include iconic pieces such as 16th century judicial robes, robes worn by the first female magistrate as well as uniforms of police officers, prison wardens, water bailiffs and midwives. The exhibition also includes school uniforms, offering a glimpse into the city's educational legacy, as well as scout ensembles that reflect the vibrancy of Gloucester's youth organisations. We are particularly excited to exhibit two rugby caps recently restored showcasing the city's sporting heritage.

Through the centuries, textiles have mirrored shifts in gender roles, political landscapes, and economic structures. Experience the profound impact of fabric on our lives, as we showcase this intricate collection.

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Buttons Badges and Blazers


Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1HP
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Opening Times

Season (21 Oct 2023 - 7 Jan 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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