Includes interesting stories from the world of leather and updates on the Museum. Issued periodically.
One of the most significant collections within our many thousands of objects is our glove collection. There are only three significant glove collections in Europe plus two in the USA. In the USA we have the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville while in the UK we have a private Museum (open to the public by appointment) and the collection owned by the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London. This latter is held by their Glove Trust and displayed in the Fashion Museum in Bath and at Waddesdon Manor, the National Trust property north of London. There is an important series of Gloves held in the V and A Museum and important items held in places like the Museum of London and the Royal Armories plus some smaller collections held mostly by companies.
In Europe the only significant collection I am aware of is in the Municipal Museum in Millau, the most important glove centre in France. Historically Grenoble and St Junien were also big centres of glove making, and some factories remain in St Junien, to this day; but little record in terms of glove collections remain.
This means that our collection in Northampton is one of the most significant in the world, and of huge interest since it has not been seen for at least 20 years. Indeed before that time we do not know how much of it was ever on display as the interest in gloves was much less in those days. Today gloves are recognised as telling many stories about social history and manufacturing through the ages.
And our collection is good from the research point of view as it runs through a broad spectrum of gloves from those worn by the Royal Court, possibly by Monarchs to military and industrial gloves, but interspersed with a wide array of fashion gloves. Amongst the fashion gloves are a very large collection of muskateer gloves with long sleeves.
Some of us have been privileged to inspect the collection laid out specially for us, and I have used some photographs of items in my recent book “Gloves and Glovemaking”*. Yet we are all looking forward to seeing the collection fully displayed along with all the associated photographs and records that give meaning to a well curated collection.
*available from Amazon or from the publishers at http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/gloves-and-glove-making-9780747814535/