Victorian Christening Gowns

Victorian Christening Gowns 1024 768 Frome Heritage Museum

Exhibition – 11 July – 30 November 2022

The Museum is very fortunate to have in its extensive Clothing collection over 25 Victorian Christening gowns. We are delighted to be showcasing these in our current exhibition.

Made from fine white cotton, linen and cambric (a type of linen), they are beautifully hand-embellished with delicate details including lace, broderie anglaise, fine embroidery and pintucks.

They exemplify the style of Christening gown that was popular throughout the 19th century, usually long and full, and worn by girls and boys alike.

To show the gowns at their best, our Museum Volunteers made 10 cloth baby mannequins from a pattern we sourced online and dressed them for the display. Other gowns are shown on cardboard hangers with a smiling baby’s face on each one.

Whilst the collection had been researched previously, much of the labelling had been lost. Sarah Bowley, a member of the Somerset & Wiltshire Stitch Hub, kindly visited the Museum and identified the fabric and stitching on the gowns. Her assistance helped us to describe the gowns clearly and accurately for our visitors.

The Vicar’s vestments that also form part of the exhibition were provided by another of our volunteers, whose husband is a clergyman.

Although the exhibition is free, donations are welcomed. The opening hours are between 10am and 2pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays. On the first Sunday of each month, on Frome Independent Market day, the museum is open between 10am and 3pm.

For more information or media enquiries, please contact our Press Officer David Lassman on 01373 454611, or by email at exhibitions@frome-heritage-museum.org