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National Lottery funder provides over £76,000 for Trailblazing Costume Trail from Worthing Museum

The Heritage Lottery Fund has invested £76,800 in Worthing Museum and Art Gallery which will be used to create a first-of-its-kind trail of heritage costumes around Worthing from this October.

The funding, which is allocated from the proceeds of The National Lottery to good causes, will be added to £26,800 already committed to the museum by the South East Museums’ Development Fund for the purchase of new showcases.

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The combined funding will see the acquisition of 12 state-of-the-art Click Netherfield showcases which will be placed in businesses around the town with heritage costumes exhibited within from early October for 18 months.

The trail, believed to be the first of its kind within the UK, will feature outfits chosen from Worthing Museum and Art Gallery’s 30,000-piece costume collection, one of the largest in the country.

Young local people have begun to choose the costumes for the trail in a series of research workshops run by Worthing-based group Creative Waves.

There will also be collaboration with Worthing Men in Sheds who are creating additional display features for the project’s showcases.

Executive Member for Customer Services, Councillor Dr Heather Mercer says: “The Heritage Lottery Fund’s investment is a wonderful opportunity for our museum to share pieces from its remarkable 30,000-strong costume collection with more people in the area. We’re delighted to be working with local businesses to exhibit costumes in places you would never expect to see such beautiful historical items.”

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Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, says: “The costume collection tells the story of fashion and its role in society over the last 400 years and provides a powerful connection to our past. This is a great opportunity to take this collection out onto the streets of Worthing and use it to engage people with the town’s social history. We’re delighted to make it possible with this National Lottery support.”

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