Bobbin to Experience Barnsley for their new Exhibition – Tailor Made!

People won’t believe their eye’s when they visit Experience Barnsley Museum for their latest exhibition, Tailor Made in Barnsley, which opens on Saturday, 1 April.

A true celebration of the borough and its textile makers, the exhibition showcases objects and archives that bring Barnsley's stories of weaving, sewing, and quilting to life.

The linen and sewing industries are an incredibly important part of the borough’s heritage and many people will remember seeing or working in the factories. Whether it’s a McLintocks jacket, a Barnsley linen tea towel, or a snappy Sugdens shirt, fabric products were known for innovation and top quality.

The fascinating free exhibition offers an insight into the people, processes, and products of Barnsley’s rich textile industries and celebrates the skills of home ‘makers’, young and old. A unique new mural artwork also features in the exhibition, inspired by McLintock quilt patterns and created by Barnsley artist Louise Wright. 

The exhibition is an interactive experience with lots to see, touch and hear. There’s plenty to do for young makers with a snuggle den, giant weaving loom, and lots of creative activities. Watch out for McLintock the Mouse!  Follow the museum and exhibition trail and see where McLintock might be hiding.

Throughout the exhibition, which is on display until Saturday, 16 September, there will be many ways people can get involved, including free family trails, history days, workshops, and more.

Jon Finch, Head of Culture and Visitor Economy, said: “Experience Barnsley Museum is dedicated to telling the captivating stories of Barnsley. Created through the generosity of the people of the town, who have kindly shared objects and memories, we need to share them through displays and exhibitions, keeping our important history alive. Tailor Made is a wonderful exhibition, offering people the opportunity to reminisce about those iconic people, places, and garments that hold special places in the town’s past. The exhibition will be great fun, with lots to experience for people of all ages.”