Exhibitions, Trips & Places to Visit: D&T

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Ideas for D&T places to visit either with your students or for personal inspiration. Information in brackets indicates the dates of any current exhibitions at the venue. 

Always check the venue's website before travelling. Being included on this page is not a personal recommendation of the quality and appropriateness of the venue or event. 

Abakhan (fabric shop with a range of stores nationally who often have free demos - check out the news & events page for details)

American Museum in Bath


Beacon Museum, Whitehaven 

Birmingham Science Museum ThinkTank  (science & technology)

BMW Museum

Bristol Science Centre 

Centre for Alternative Technology based in Wales focusing on all things green

Central St.Martins

Clerkenwell Design Week

Clothes Show Liverpool

Coleman’s Mustard Museum in Norwich

Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, Warwickshire 

David Mellor Design Museum, Cutlery Factory & Country Shop (note this venue is quite small)

Design Museum (Ferrari: Under the Skin 15 Nov - 15th April 2018)

Dr Who Experience  - great if you are in the Cardiff area and want a bit of space age fantasy for inspiration! It includes costumes, set designs and monsters!

Dundee Design Festival

Gainsborough Old Hall 

Fashion & Textile Museum 

Fashion Museum Bath (History of Fashion in 100 Objects - 1 Jan 2019, Lace in Fashion, Lace in Fashion - 1 Jan 2018)

Framework Knitters Museum, Nottingham

Gordon Russell Design Museum, Worcestershire

Head of Steam Railway Museum, Darlington - Lego exhibition

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lancashire (note opening hours are limited)

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry 

Humber Street Gallery, Hull 

Iron bridge Gorge Museum, Telford - Meccanuity (display of working Mechano models) 

Imperial War Museums (London, Manchester, Cambridge) 

Hat Works Museum (Stockport)

Knitting & Stitching Show 

Leeds Castle (often holds unusual exhibitions related to D&T)

Life Science Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne 

London Sewing Machine Museum (open on a limited number of Saturday afternoons in a textiles shop in Wimbledon)

London Transport Museum (Poster Girls: A Century of Art & Design - celebrating the work of female graphic artists over the last 100 years, until January 2019) 

Mackintosh Visitor Centre in Glasgow School of Art

Mackintosh Centre at The Lighthouse

http://www.glasgowmackintosh.com - to see a summary of things to do in Glasgow related to Mackintosh

Made North Gallery, Sheffield 

MAD Museum (Mechanical Art & Design Museum)

Manchester Art Gallery (Fashion & Freedom until 26th November & Vogue 100: Century of Style until 30 Oct 2016)

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Museum of Brands (London) 

Museum of Plastics (Bournemouth University campus) (Until March 2018 - Spotlight On…)

Museum on the Arts and Crafts Movement in Cheltenham

Museum on lawnmowers in Southport

Museum of Bags & Purses, Amsterdam

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (MOSI) - Robots (with over 100 robots dating back to 17th century and from today) until 15th April 2018

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton 

National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire 

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Stem Centre in York 

New Designers 

Pencil Museum in Cumbria

Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Royal School of Needlework 

RSA Summer Science Exhibition 

San Francisco International Airport Museum 

Science Museum 

Sheffield Museum 

Somerset House, London (North: Fashioning Identity until 4th Feb 2018)

Tate Liverpool

The Good Food Show

The Hat Works Museum in Stockport for all things hats and millinery

The Institute of Civil Engineers, London (Invisible Superheroes exhibition)

The Whitworth, University of Manchester

York Castle Museum (social history museum that is good for investigating products from the past)

Wimbledon Tennis Museum - The museum showcases all things tennis including equipment, clothing, memorabilia, trophies, film footage and interactive displays

Wolverhampton Art Gallery 

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (Barbara Brown, Heal fabrics designer - Jan 2018)

Scotland - Website summarising places to visit in Scotland to do with textiles

V&A - Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (27th May - 18th Feb 2018), Plywood: Material of the Modern World (15 July - 12th Nov 2017), Fashioned from Nature (20th April 2018 - ?)


Always check the venue's website before travelling. Being included on this page is not a personal recommendation of the quality and appropriateness of the venue or event. 

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