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Published: 03 March 2018

By Andy Ross

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An addition to the collection

This week we had some success at an auction which featured Lady Lucan's furniture and clothes!

As you may know our collection is somewhat eclectic, ranging from hats from Kazakhstan to printed linens from Europe. Included are clothes and costume from all over the world; Japan, USA, Nigeria, Thailand, South Africa, London's West End theatre to name but a few. So the chance to add some of the clothes that belonged to Lady Lucan (yes, THAT Lady Lucan of the infamous case) could not  pass us by. 

It is amazing to see what can be purchased on auction sites including on eBay and from individual houses. We have added some Middle Eastern clothes and fabrics too this week, and, as we are moving the collection into one room to make space for exhibitions, rediscovering some of the pieces we have accumulated over the years is a real joy. We have been lucky enough to have pieces donated too to the collection - among others, a large suitcase of fabrics and clothes from Ann Sutton's own collection, African barkcloth from Brita at the Shetland Textile Museum, and pieces from Elizabeth in Mid Yell who has given us textiles and equipment from her family showing the knitting traditions of Shetland. 

If you fancy coming up to rifle through the collection please get in touch. We would love to show others what we have been collecting. Give it a few weeks if you want to see Lady Lucan's cloak though!