Until relatively recently clothing in the Falkland Islands would generally have been chosen for its practicality, but the fashion-conscious generally favoured the trends that were popular in Great Britain, albeit somewhat belatedly.
With months-old magazines and “mail-order” catalogues offering inspiration, ladies in the 1800s could be dressing in fashions already a year old by the time patterns and materials were selected, sent for, and made up. These pieces would then be adapted or passed on to other family members - many of the items in our collection have clearly had pieces added or removed to give new life to an old garment, or been taken in for a new wearer.
Our collection is mainly 20th century, although some pieces are believed to be from the late 1800s.
Although our costume collection is quite small it has some interesting pieces and we will be featuring items on this site in the future.
Our collection includes:
Dresses & skirts, wedding gowns and veils, blouses and capes
Accessories - fur stoles and muffs, gloves, hats and jewellery
Christening gowns and some small children's items
Gentleman's clothing is mostly limited to uniforms or sporting wear
High Season (November to End of March)Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 4.00pmWeekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pmHours may be extended on days when cruise ships are visiting Stanley
Off Season (April to end of October)Monday to Friday: 9.30am-12.00 noon and 1.30pm - 4.00pmWeekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
To promote awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Falkland Islands and to protect and preserve this history for future generations.