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Sew What?

A display exploring the big questions on sewing and fashion
January 24 - December 31

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Start:
January 24
End:
December 31
Time:
Museum Opening Hours
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Venue

The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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A Singer sewing machine from The MERL's Barnett collection

We are all starting to ask more questions about fashion. Where do our clothes come from? How environmentally sustainable are they? Should we be making more and buying less? These questions are not just relevant to our modern society. The history of garment making is one deeply intertwined with British culture, both rural and urban.

In this display in The Nook at The MERL, we’ll be offering insights into the history, whilst opening up the modern issue for community and visitor interpretation. Alongside an exhibition of museum objects and archives, led by sewing machines from the museum’s Barnett Collection, we will have a display of tote bags crafted by Reading College students, and an art piece created by participants of the Colour Visions project. Additionally, visitors will be encouraged to write their own answers to the questions we pose, and these answers will form a part of an ever-evolving display.

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22 January 2023 – Youth Workshop: Garment Upcycling
16 February 2023 – Sunflower Amulets
25 February 2023 – Japanese Stitching Workshop

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