Clothing and dress

Extent: 419
purple bonnet
Sun bonnet worn by women, possibly when working in fields, MERL 68/247

The Museum of English Rural Life holds a variety of clothing and dress from the countryside. The items in the collection include smocks, coats, dresses, skirts, shirts, shawls, boots, shoes, hats and undergarments. There are also clothing accessories of buttons and lace collars.  

The uniform of the Women’s Land Army is also represented in the collection. 

More information

The objects are catalogued on the online database. Search using the word ‘clothing’.

What can I see


Leghorn Straw Hat



Hand sewn dress




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