The Development of the Costume Study Archive and its Impact on Curriculum
Jane Havakin, Senior Lecturer in Costume Interpretation with Design at The Northern School of Art, 2023
Archives and artifacts can offer a rare opportunity to provide primary sources both for educators, students and other interested people. With less students visiting museums/ exhibitions post pandemic archives in education have become more relevant today than it has ever been.
Primary sources give students a connection with the past, bridging the gap between often seemingly distant historical phenomena and the present. Costume staff have worked with local archives and attended courses to develop systems to conserve the acquired artifacts, capture the histories and memories as well as the individual qualities they have acquired and improved the access to the archive.