Costume Society Ambassadors, News | December 11, 2015
Textile Museum of Lyon threatened with closure
Hidden behind the unassuming façade of a beautiful historic house on Lyon’s rue de la Charité lies one of the world’s most important textile collections. From locally produced Lyon silk to internationally acquired Renaissance tapestries, Persian rugs and Spanish silks, Les musées des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs de Lyon provides not only access to rare and fragile textile treasures, but also a glimpse into the history of global textile and fashion industries.
Yet, in spite of its international reputation and the quality of its collection, the museum is currently threatened with imminent closure. This terrible state of affairs is the result of recent changes to the museum’s funding. The Chambre de Commerce de Lyon has found itself unable to continue supporting the museum (for which it has been responsible since 1854) following the French government’s decision to withdraw subsidies from the Chambre. Negotiations with the City of Lyon and Ministry of Culture have failed to produce the necessary finances, and unless funding is found from somewhere, the museum will close at the beginning of 2016.
This closure would be a disaster for the designers, researchers and textile enthusiasts who derive pleasure and inspiration from its collections. Please support Les musées des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs de Lyon by signing the petition opposing its closure.
Bethan Bide, Costume Society Ambassador 2015