Tuesday 7 October 2014

Museum gets HLF grant

The  "Fashioning Africa" project of the Royal Pavilion & Museums has been awarded a £240,000 grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) 'Collecting Cultures' programme.

The museum has an extensive collection of historic African textiles mainly from the colonial era. With this award, and working with members of Brighton & Hove’s African communities, fashion and dress specialists, and a range of partners in the UK and in African countries, the Royal Pavilion & Museums will extend its collection with strategic acquisitions of post-1960s African dress. No other UK museum is consistently collecting in this area so the result will be the creation of a new national resource.

Items from this new collection will be made publicly accessible through a planned 2016 exhibition, "Fashion Cities Africa", through social media, a lively events programme and a community engagement initiative.

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