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Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection 

This unique collection houses more than 23,000 clothing and textile-related artifacts with local, national, and international significance. Founded in 1972, the Collection includes everyday wear and designer clothes for men, women and children from different continents and spanning over 350 years of history. In addition to examples of textiles from different continents, artifacts that depict clothing and relate to the production and embellishment of cloth are also part of our holdings. These include looms, spindles, needlework tools, patterns, historical fashion magazines and photographs.

An integral part of teaching, learning, and research in the Department of Human Ecology, the Collection also facilitates community outreach for the University of Alberta. It is a unique reference tool for gaining insights into areas such as apparel and surface design and technology, historical and material culture inquiry, textile science and technology, and museum practice, including conservation and exhibition curatorship. In-house exhibitions are continually presented, some by professional staff members and others developed within undergraduate and graduate courses.

We are among the five largest clothing and textiles collections in Canada. In addition to the Mactaggart Collection of the University of Alberta, we are the only collection of its size and significance held in a university setting in the country. Our artifacts are acquired for use in the classroom and for research. They are accessible to students and to researchers on-site and through our Web site. 

Current Exhibition

Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll
September 28, 2017, to March 11, 2018

Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll
October 8, 2017, to March 30, 2018.

In 1943, Nelly and her mother hid from the Nazis in the home of a Catholic family in Lwow, Poland. With a watercolour set and her imagination, this young girl triumphed over adversity by writing stories and illustrating what she imagined a normal life could be. The exhibition gives a voice to a child who not only survived those terror-filled days, but has thrived as an adult and has given back to the world. Nelly’s artwork reminds us that art and hope can bring light to the darkest of situations and prompts discussions on contemporary issues from religious intolerance to current genocides.  

Presentation by Dr. Nelly Toll on October 20, 2:00-3:30 pm, as part of The Wirth Institute’s Central European Cafe (student lounge, main floor, Old Arts/Convocation Hall Building, University of Alberta North Campus). Free and open to the public. A small reception will follow in the Human Ecology Gallery from 4:00-5:30 pm.
 

The Alberta venue is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Edmonton's Holocaust Education Committee, The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), and The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies.
  

For more information, access the press release and visit the Massillon Museum's website

The Alberta venue is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Edmonton's Holocaust Education Committee, The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), and The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies. Held in conjunction with Jewish Studies Week in the Fall of 2017.

 

Location and Access of Exhibitions

Hours 
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Call for holiday closures.   

Address

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1-15 Human Ecology Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2N1

The collection can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public. Groups are welcome. Tours are offered to the public by appointment every last Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (two weeks’ notice is required - maximum of eight individuals per tour). Please contact the Collections Manager for information on collection tours and visits.

Contact

QUESTIONS & DONATIONS 
Dr. Anne Bissonnette, Curator 
325 Human Ecology
Phone: (780) 492-3604
Email
Academic Profile

RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS 
Vlada Blinova, Collections Manager 
103 Human Ecology 
Phone: (780) 492-2528 
Email
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