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. 

American Museum in Bath

Barbican (The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined until 5th Feb 2017)

Beacon Museum, Whitehaven (Black Sheep: The Darker Side of Felt 8th May - 2nd July 2017)

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 (Britain in the Fifties until 2nd Oct 2016)

Design Museum 

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 (From Rags to Riches - costumes from the BBC Drama Wolf Hall, until 28th August 2017)

Fashion & Textile Museum - 1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs (ends 15 Jan 2017)

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

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 (British Road Signs 2nd Oct - 29th Oct 2017)

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

Imperial War Museums (London, Manchester, Cambridge) Fashion on the Ration (until 1st May 2107)

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)

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 - Biological Atelier until 28th August 2017

Museum of Brands (London) (The Graphics of Punk exhibition 4th October until 29 January 2017)

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) - Wonder Materials: Graphene & Beyond (opens 23 July 2016 until 25 June 2017

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton (Thinking about world Culture Objects until 1st October 2017, Elements: Air, Fire & Water until 10th September, Dressing the Women From Poldark until 10th September)

National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire (The World is Your Dressing Up Box - 8th Oct 2017)

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Stem Centre in York 

New Designers 

Pencil Museum in Cumbria

Royal School of Needlework (Stories in Stitch until March 2017)

RSA Summer Science Exhibition 

San Francisco International Airport Museum - Fashion in Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design (ends 8th Jan 2017)

Science Museum - Engineer Your Future (ends 16/12/17)

Sheffield Museum - Made in Sheffield, 150 local designers and manufacturers showcasing their work  (ends 8th Jan 2017)

Tate Liverpool

The Good Food Show

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

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 (Lego exhibition until July 2017, also has a collection of Pop Art but check if it is on display as it is often removed for travelling exhibitions)

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)


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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