DATS – the  Dress and Textile Specialists – was established in 1975 to provide a supportive network for professionals in the British Isles and the Republic of Ireland who are working with specialist collections of dress and textiles. We welcome colleagues working for museums, galleries, archives and historic houses that include these materials and those whose work involves collections-based research.

Our aims are to encourage sharing knowledge, information, skills and resources; to promote the use of professional standards; to encourage and develop expertise, research and scholarship and to enable those working with dress and textile collections to develop and use them for the benefit of the public.


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