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Blandford Fashion Museum


The museum is located in a beautiful Georgian house, built by the Bastard brothers following the great fire of 1731. Blandford Fashion Museum’s collection dates from the 1830’s to the 1970’s and provides an unique history of fashion and accessories, charting the changes in style and manufacture during those years. In our designer corner can be seen fashion items that bring our displays up to the present day.

 New exhibitions are mounted each year and a major exhibition every second year. There are two new exhibitions for this year. The first - “Retro”, with lavish examples, shows changes of fashion over the five decades chosen. The 1920s has the subtitle “County Society”, the 1940s the subtitle “Utility”, the 1950s the subtitle “Ready to Wear”, the 1960s “Freedom” and the 1970s “Mini ‘n’ Maxi”.

The second exhibition entitled “All Wrapped Up” is made up of coats, capes and jackets with appropriate accessories to match the era to which they belong. These include shoes, gloves, shawls ands stoles covering the period from the 1920s to 1970s.

If you have not visited our Museum previously, please try to come this year and if you have been before come again to see our lovely new exhibitions.

Do look at our website for latest information.


Group reductions as above; Free admission for 2 supervising staff. Workshops can be arranged. (Additional charge £1 per head); Suitcases containing items of costume and accessories related to key-stages of the curriculum, may be hired for £10 per week. The Resources room/library may be booked when visiting the museum at no extra cost.

Lectures may be given by arrangement.


Museum facilities
Refreshments Tea room
Gift shop  Yes
Toilets for Wheelchair Users   
Guided Tours   
Audio Tours   
Wheelchair Accessability  Restricted Wheelchair Access
Induction Loop   
Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired   
Group Visits  
School Visits  
Outreach activities  



Lime Tree House
Blandford Forum
DT11 7AA

01258 453006