Please note that the costume gallery is currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen in the summer.
The collection dates from the 1750s onwards, women's dress predominating. The emphasis is on local social historical material, so that displays relate closely to Wiltshire rather than to the history of fashion generally.
In this gallery there are also dolls, samplers, some early clocks and locally made 18th century stringed instruments. Items not to be missed include the Downton Lace collection, an 1812 volunteer uniform and two exceptional pieces of 17th century stumpwork.