Beyond its function of protection, clothing makes a social statement. It tells about the way we live, distinguish ourselves from others, or on the other hand, belong to a given social group. From the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century, this phenomenon could be seen in most regions of France, but these expressions had different rhythms. Nevertheless, one fact remained unchanged. Industrialisation of the textile industry supplied large quantities of cloth at low prices, thus giving birth to a golden age for regional clothing and costumes.

In Normandy, textile manufacturing is centuries old. The cities of Rouen, Louviers and Elbeuf were already booming centres during France’s Old Regime, exporting their production abroad. For costumes, local specificities also appeared at an early stage, as in the Pays de Caux [Caux Region] where a very particular type of head covering, called the bonnet cauchois, was worn as of the middle of the 18th century. In the Eure department, local specificities of popular clothing appeared at a slightly later date, at the beginning of the 19th century. As in other Norman regions, they mainly concerned specific types of head covering, such as the “pierrots de l’Eure.” Nonetheless, an iconographic study of paintings and engravings, archives of wedding contracts, and inventories drawn up after a spouse passed away as well as departmental collections of local clothing has progressively allowed us to list local specificities, confirming or infirming what kind of local clothing was worn, and what models were specific to our region.

At the end of the 19th century, local clothing and costumes began to disappear. This phenomenon was quite precocious in Eure, as the proximity with Paris and development of the railway system showed inhabitants other ways of dressing. Aware of the necessity of preserving this heritage, local ethnographic societies and museums of popular art began to open in Normandy as of the end of the 19th century, and the collection and study of popular clothing and costumes continued throughout the 20th century. After the Second World War, these studies carried out by different research groups led to beautiful exhibitions in regional museums. These exhibitions all draw on research carried out by Marguerite Bruneau. In her footsteps, Jacqueline Le Guell has collected, restored and shown popular clothing worn in Eure for over thirty years. Most of the objects in this exhibition are from her collections.

Eric Louet

Museum Director


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New 2014 showcases: glassware from the first half of the twentieth century



With our temporary exhibitions that recently took place on the Schneider and Legras glass factories, the Conches Glass Museum has enlarged its fields to include glassware from the first half of the twentieth century.  These exhibitions showed a large number of donations from glass collectors and gallery owners in the field of Art Nouveau (Legras, Loëtz, etc.) and Art Deco (Décorchemont, Schneider, etc) as well as glassware aesthetics from the 1950s (Thuret, Maté Lapierre, etc.) With the grand opening of these new showcases dedicated to these glass factories, the Conches Glass Museum would like to sincerely thank all donors, and in particular, Barlach Heuer, a passionate glassware collector.

Glass Museum
Route de Sainte Marguerite - 27190 Conches


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Esquisses et portraits, Tanneries La Ferrière sur Risle

Du 17 mai au 8 juin 2014
Esquisses et Portraits, Guillaume Larroque

Exposition ouverte samedi et dimanche de 14h à 18h et sur rendez-vous

Espace Culturel les Tanneries
3, route de Conches
27760 La Ferrière sur Risle

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Musée du Verre, Gabriel Loire

Juda 1947


  Exposition au Musée du Verre 
 1er mars au 30 novembre 2014



Gabriel Loire (1904-1996) - Visite virtuelle de l'exposition

Le fonds d'atelier vitrail en dalle de verre

A travers une sélection de vitraux, de maquettes et de documents iconographiques issus du fonds d'atelier Loire, l'exposition présente l'évolution et la diversité des vitraux en dalle de verre réalisés par Gabriel Loire entre 1946 et 1996.

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