THREADS Young People's Programme

Would you like to know what a costume supervisor is? Or what happens to a costume after it leaves the stage? Help us tell other young people about costume and heritage.

We are looking for six young people aged 16-25 (you must have left Year 11) from Coventry and Warwickshire for a series of workshops with costume makers, exhibition designers, collections managers and more.

All sessions are two hours long and you’ll learn about the process of costume making and what happens to a costume when it comes off stage and is preserved for the future.


This will be followed by a production period where you will help to design an online event or exhibition for other young people across the UK.

You’ll receive a £30 voucher for each session you attend, and you will help to develop an exciting online resource that will tell other young people about the Costume and Heritage industry. Workshops will be delivered remotely, with resources posted out to you before sessions. We may work in person for the production period, depending on Covid-19 restrictions.

Young people handling items of costume and props and wearing protective purple gloves
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Online workshops will take place every Wednesday from 30 June to 18 August, 6-8pm

The production period will involve five daily sessions from Monday 23 to Friday 27 August, 11am-1pm.

To take part in the programme you will need to attend at least 12 of the 14 sessions and we will need to know in advance which sessions if any you can't attend.

What we're looking for

We are looking for a diverse and creative young panel. Our priority will be to select eager and interested young people who wouldn't otherwise have access to this kind of opportunity. These are the attributes we are looking for: 


  • An ability to generate lots of ideas
  • Can think ‘outside the box’ and wants to bring new perspectives to the table
  • Keen to experiment with lots of materials and processes


  • Excited about new opportunities
  • Keen to spread information about costume and history to new people and audiences
  • Enthusiastic about learning new things


  • An interest in costume and/or history
  • Artistic, creative and hands on

We want a wide range of people with different abilities, there isn’t one kind of young person we are looking for. Here are some other points you might find helpful when considering applying:

  • You don’t have to be academic. These are mostly practical and discussion-based sessions.
  • You don’t need to be naturally forthcoming and talkative. Being shy isn’t a barrier to taking part.
  • We don’t expect you to already have experience in costume or heritage, an interest or passion is where it all starts.

You will need access to a phone, laptop or computer to access remote sessions, but we can support you with portable wi-fi and external cameras if you don’t have data or a camera.

The closing date has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications.

Heritage Fund
This opportunity is part of THREADS. A series of outreach and engagement activity which takes the RSC’s Costume Making History out of the workshop. This activity has been made possible by generous support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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