Bucks County Museum & The Embroiderers' Guild

Bucks County MuseumIn 2016 The Embroiderers' Guild joined forces with Bucks County Museum to enhance its ability to maintain and display its wonderful collection of textiles and embroidery dating from Coptic times and also to establish a new location for its office.

The Collection is currently stored at the Bucks County Museum Resource Centre in Halton, Bucks. The Embroiderers' Guild Beryl Dean Gallery within the museum will be prepared and should be ready for visitors from Summer 2018 with a permanent display of some of the Collection's important pieces, complete with supporting video and slide show.

Later in 2018 it will be possible to search for images of the Embroiderers' Guild Collection on the Bucks County Museum website.

Bucks County Museum

The County Museum was founded by the Bucks Archaeological Society in the mid 19th century and was operated by the County Council from 1957. In 2014 it started a new existence as the Bucks County Museum Trust which receives regular revenue support from the County Council and Milton Keynes City Council and is governed by an independent Board of Trustees.

From its base in Church Street, Aylesbury the Trust seeks to distribute exhibitions, talks and activities across the County and is always interested in building new relations with Bucks partners. The Museum Resource Centre at Halton near Wendover is open by appointment and is the main collections store and HQ for the Museums Curatorial and technical staff.

The museum facilities are extensive and more information on any of them is available on the main museum telephone number 01296 331441 or via their website . A visit to the museum can easily absorb you for two hours! www.buckscountymuseum.org

They have great facilities! The Cafe at the Museum serves hot and cold drinks, cakes and light snacks all day and has a large garden area for fine weather.

The Gift Shop is stocked with a variety of Roald Dahl books and souvenirs, local books and related produce, household and other gifts.

They also do brilliant Birthday Parties – 2 hours of fun in the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery and Museum including crafts, food and your own party host.

Getting here
Aylesbury is an hour by train from London Marylebone or 25 minutes off the M25 via the A41. We advise visitors to park in a town centre car park and then walk to the Museum. It is only a short, signposted walk from Market Square to the Museum which is situated in the old part of the town near St Mary’s Church. There is limited parking directly outside the museum for holders of disabled persons badges. For more detailed information on location and accessbility of the building please visit the website www.buckscountymuseum.org

Bucks County Museum Collections

Bucks County Museum looks after a large collection of objects gathered from all around Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes over the last 150 years – from archaeology to art, from costume and coins to wildlife, plants and geology. There is lots of information linked to these collections, an important resource about people, places, wildlife and geology.

You can visit each collection to see much more! click on this link http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/museum/collections/

Textiles Collection

The Bucks County Museum costume and textiles collection contains nearly 10,000 items, ranging from 16th century hats to 21st century shoes. There is also one of the best collections of lace and lacemaking equipment in the country, reflecting Buckinghamshire’s importance as a centre for pillow lace production.

The costume collection is drawn from the whole of southern England and is of regional and national significance, containing a number of important individual pieces, groups and collections. Notable are the Alfred Sotheby collection of 18th century men’s clothing and a loan collection of 85 military uniforms from the Bucks Military Museums Trust.

The textile holdings include patchwork, quilting, embroidery, weaving and knitted items, crochet and sewn work. Notable among these are a stunning embroidered Persian hanging and a Victorian soldier’s patchwork rug made using scraps of military cloth.

If you would like to find out more, or see any of the collection that is not currently on display, you can make an appointment with the Collections team, either individually, or as a small group. There may be a charge for this. (This arrangement is solely for the Bucks County Museum's own textile collection).

Click on this link to see the Embroiderers' Guild Collection at the Bucks County Museum webpage for more information specifically about our Collection and how to arrange a visit.

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