Textiles at the Museum
Sheringham Museum has long held an important collection of historic fishermen's ganseys - sweaters - many of them hand-knitted in the town. The recent bequest to the museum of a large number of artefacts from the collection of the late Michael Harvey, who was very well known for his research and documentation of craft textile work, has established the museum's collection as one of national significance.
Watch this space for an exciting piece of news for everyone interested in gansey / knitting craft.
The Craske Collection
We also hold an excellent collection of embroidery work by John Craske (1881 - 1943). Born into a Sheringham fishing family, Craske was dogged by ill health throughout his life. He occupied himself when he was incapacitated by painting; in later years when often bed-bound and unable to paint, he embroidered scenes of coastal life and events from his memory. His naive but perceptive style impressed collectors and he achieved international fame in his lifetime.
You can explore some of our interesting knitting accessories by clicking HERE