Paisley Daily Express

Paisley pattern treasures


Paisley Museum recently celebrated its 150th birthday and the team there is looking to unearth Paisley pattern treasures.

The revamped building will open in two years after a £42 million facelift.

Paisley- born fashion designer Pam Hogg is leading the quest to find new patternthe­med exhibits.

They will go on show next to a couture outfit the Paisley Poodle, created by Pam.

She said: “The Paisley pattern has had a lasting impact on the world and has been endlessly reinterpre­ted and reinvented.

“There are examples of Paisley pattern all around us and I’d like to encourage the public to share their items and the stories of how they were acquired, used, loved and passed down.

“As a child I was fascinated with the museum’s collection and can’t wait for its expansion.”

Paisley’s Free Public Library and Museum opened on April 11 1871, holding its first exhibition of Paisley shawls in 1905 in recognitio­n of the impact the textiles had on the town’s fortunes.

The museum was open to all, except a byelaw which banned entry to anyone “in an intoxicate­d or unclean condition” or those “in whose house infectious diseases exist”.

Many local people gifted shawls to the museum permanentl­y when the 1905 exhibition concluded, and over 115 years later the museum is asking the public to continue this tradition.

Submission­s can be emailed to paisleymus­eum@ renfrewshi­re. gov. uk, or shared on social media using #ShowUsYour­Paisley, tagging @ paisleymus­eum and including a photograph, descriptio­n and story behind the object.

The deadline is May 30.

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