This collection is predominantly British, dating from the 18th century to the present day. It also includes some international material dating back to the 16th century, from Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. Textiles demonstrate a range of different techniques including printing, embroidery, weaving and lace-making, from Britain and around the world. The dress collection is formed largely from the 1930s, through donations by famous Birmingham individuals or families.


  • an extensive collection of Indian and Middle Eastern textiles
  • textiles associated with or made by William and May Morris. These include six tapestry panels from the ‘Holy Grail’ series, which are regarded as one of William Morris’ greatest achievements and the most significant of all British tapestry schemes.