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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.

Gansey Symposium

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 -

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/4229667950476683

The Craske Collection

We also hold an excellent collection of embroidery work by John Craske (1881 - 1943). Born into a Sheringham fishing family, Craske was dogged by ill health throughout his life. He occupied himself when he was incapacitated by painting; in later years when often bed-bound and unable to paint, he embroidered scenes of coastal life and events from his memory. His naive but perceptive style impressed collectors and he achieved international fame in his lifetime.

Knitting Accessories

You can explore some of our interesting knitting accessories by clicking HERE


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