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Museum's final summer exhibition looks at children's clothing from days gone by

PUBLISHED: 06:30 25 September 2016

Beccles Museum curator Robert Bacon with the new exhibition  on children's clothing.

 PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Beccles Museum curator Robert Bacon with the new exhibition on children's clothing. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Children's clothes through the years are the focus of Beccles Museum's final temporary exhibit of the summer.

The new exhibition on children's clothing at Beccles Museum.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherThe new exhibition on children's clothing at Beccles Museum. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

It features a range of items from the museum’s collection not usually on display , and has been put together by volunteer Pam Finch.

She said: “We’ve got between 300 and 400 costumes upstairs at the museum, and it’s so nice to get them out so the public can see them.

“We’ve had temporary exhibitions this year on things people have found in the ground, Agincourt and the First World War so we wanted to do something completely different and brought out these lovely things.

“People have been really interested in seeing the clothes, I think it has reminded them of things they used to wear, like the Liberty Bodice.

“And people like to look at the skill that goes into them, particularly the smocking because it’s a skill that is gradually being lost.”

The exhibition includes a range of children’s clothing, gowns and accessories dating from the 1890s through to the 1950s. It is accompanied by an information board featuring vintage adverts and photographs as well as information about the clothing.

The museum on Ballygate is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1.45pm to 4.30pm. The exhibition will close on the last day of the museum season on October 30. Entry is free, although donations are appreciated.

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