The Charleston Museum holds one of the finest historic textiles and clothing collection in the southeastern United States. To increase public accessibility to this rich collection, the Museum has created a 2,000 square foot permanent textile gallery that features rotating exhibits. This installation facilitates expanded public and scholarly access to the collections, and will also enhance the Museum's ability to focus on specific, related topics such as particular historical periods, fashions, and the important role of women in Lowcountry history.
Located on the Museum's second floor, the historic textiles gallery features appropriate environmental conditions, conservationally-sound casework to house the objects, specialized case lighting and mounts as well as interactive experiences for adults and children. Inspired by exhibitions of similar focus, including that at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and made possible by the generosity of foundations, private donors and the Museum's FANS volunteers, the new gallery provides optimal viewing for the visitor and maximum flexibility for the display of different kinds of objects.
Overall design accommodates major themed exhibits which fill the entire gallery or the showing of two or more smaller exhibitions at once. A special section features study drawers whereby visitors can pull drawers open to view objects, allowing for access to small scale items within a specific theme.
Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday