Share your denim story for the Oakville Museum’s newest exhibit

Tue, 19 Mar 2019

Residents invited to drop off their denim items on April 5 or 6

The Oakville Museum would like to borrow your denim clothing for a new temporary exhibit, From Work Wear to Everywhere: The Story of Denim, that will be at the main gallery at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) this summer.

From its humble origins as sturdy work pants for miners, denim has become a staple fabric. If you have a favourite pair of denim jeans, shorts, overalls, or even a dress lurking in your closet that you can’t bring yourself to throw away, the Oakville Museum would love to hear from you. All items will be returned.

“Denim is such a universal fabric,” says Carolyn Cross, curator of collections, Oakville Museum. “It can be found in just about any type of clothing. We want to tell the stories of people’s denim from a number of angles, not just fashion, but also the environmental, social and political aspects of this hardworking fabric. It is going to be a fun exhibit and we are looking forward to borrowing an array of denim garments from Oakville residents.”

Whether your old denim is a treasure or a humorous memento, we look forward to hearing your personal denim story.

Residents can drop-off their special denim pieces at QEPCCC, 2302 Bridge Road, on Friday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, April 6 from noon to 3 p.m. Museum staff will arrange to return your items following the exhibit, which runs from July 10 – September 1. For further information, please contact Carolyn Cross at

Learn more on our Oakville Museum Exhibitions and Collections page.