Textiles at the Museum
Sheringham Museum has long held an important collection of historic fishermen's ganseys - sweaters - many of them hand-knitted in the town. The recent bequest to the museum of significant artefacts from the collection of the late Michael Harvey, who was very well known for his research and documentation of craft textile work, has established the museum's collection - now more than forty historic ganseys as well as related objects, accessories, books and other research material - as one of national significance.
The Michael Harvey Collection
In this video, Lesley Lougher introduces Michael Harvey and his spectacular collection, now held at the museum. Various garments and accessories from his collection were on display as part of our 2021 Summer Exhibition
You can view the Diagnostic Flowchart for gansey identification and access the Recording Template by clicking HERE
The Gansey Glossary is rather too big at nineteen pages to display here. However you can open it to view and download a copy to print by clicking HERE. Be patient - it may take a few seconds to download.
Our Summer Exhibition (Dutch Children's Ganseys) closed on October 30, and we celebrated its success, as we usually do at the end of season, with a Symposium (Saturday, Nov 6) - a mixture of talks, videos, demonstrations, workshops and general socialising relating to the exhibition. Here are a few photographs -
Sheringham Museum volunteers have founded the East Anglia Gansey Group to provide a forum for those keen on all aspects of ganseys and their part in maritime history. They have a website for further information and a Facebook page for the latest news.