Five Freshly Added:
- Heather Castle’s wonderful PhD thesis on Irish Crochet is now free to read online! A fabulous, bang-up-to-date review of the subject, including a search for its origins.
- The Limerick City comprehensive website of local historical resources if you are researching anything at all to do with the county.
- A gallery of Irish political cartoons in history.
- The Dublin City heritage web page, full of resources.
- The Irish Ordnance Survey map site, with free historical map browse and zoom.
- Early photographic gallery by Adams, including a picture of a fairisle sweater being knit in Donegal.
- Flickr set for a 1949 Guide to Dublin.
- Online Hand Made Tales exhibition at the Women’s Library.
- The Facebook photo gallery for Cultural Heritage Ireland – a treasure trove!
- The Cabinet Card Gallery (cabinet card explanation).
- The Costume and Textile online exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery.
- The collections page of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This is a beautifully laid out, easy to use, image-driven search tool that opens up this vast museum to you, all free and online. Every museum’s website should be like this.
- The Antique Pattern Library is a free, online project that lets you download crisp PDFs of out-of-copyright pattern books. Everything is covered – crochet, knitting, tatting, netting, embroidery, needle lace, beading and other needlework patterns.
- Ireland’s National Photographic Archive is part of the website of the National Library of Ireland. You can browse and search for utterly fantastic photographs from Ireland’s past, and enlarge them (a little) on your computer screen.
- The National Archives of Ireland have a brilliant website in general. They now have the entire (almost) census results for both 1901 and 1911 up online, free and searchable by you. You get not only results, but images of the forms, so if you wanted to look at your great-great-grandfather’s handwriting, this is probably the way to do it.
- The American Library of Congress has put much of their huge and beautiful collection of manuscripts, drawings, and photos online. Go here, select ‘photo’ (or whatever you want) and stick ‘Irish’ in the search-box to access some fabulous historical images that travelled with the emigrants.
- The Bata Shoe Museum is in Canada but they have a fantastic online presence with lots of great photographs of historical footwear.
- The Lewis Walpole Library is full of eighteenth century political cartoons, some of them mocking the fashions of the time. Great resolution too.
- Primary Source Nexus is a historical teaching resource that is chockful of everything you could wish for, frankly.
- Karen Larsdatter’s website is a great source for images of medieval, Renaissance, and 18th century clothing and material culture.
- Old & Interesting is a site dedicated to the history of housekeeping, and is a repository images of domestic chattels. A marvellous place to spend time in.
- Old and Sold – an collection of online articles aimed at helping you evaluate antiques.
- Online catalogue, with images, of Limerick City Museum in Ireland.
- 120-year old colour pictures of Ireland picked from the Library of Congress collections.
- New York Public Library Gallery has digitized and made available almost a million historical images!
- Online photo gallery of James Joyce’s Dublin from Dublin City Libraries.
- Dunlevy, Mairead. Dress in Ireland (1989)
- Mitchell, Geraldine. Deeds not Words: the Life and Work of Muriel Gahan (1997)
- O’Dowd, Anne. Common Clothes and Clothing 1860-1930 (1990)
- McCrum, Elizabeth. Fabric and Form: Irish Fashion Since 1950 (1996)
- O’Byrne, Robert. After a Fashion: a History of the Irish Fashion Industry (2000)
- Hollander, Anne. Seeing Through Clothes (1993)
- Gibson-Roberts, Priscilla, and Robson, Deborah. Knitting in the Old Way: Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters (2005)
- Clear, Caitriona. Women of the House: Women’s Household Work in Ireland, 1926-1961 (2000)
- Mitchell, Lillias. Irish Spinning, Weaving, and Dyeing: an Anthology, from Original Documents (1978)
- Horner, John. The Linen Trade of Europe During the Spinning-Wheel Period (1920)
- Barber, E.J.W. Prehistoric Textiles (Princeton, 1991).
- Barber, E.J.W. Women’s Work: the First 20,000 Years (New York, 1994).
- Lamb, Sara. Woven Treasures (Interweave, 2009).
- Robson, Deborah and Ekarius, Carol. The Fleece and Fibre Sourcebook (MA, 2011).
- Hochberg, Bette. Handspindles (1977).
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