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Historic Clothing Day at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

PUBLISHED: 11:58 05 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:58 05 August 2015


Explore historic clothing from 1500 to 1900 in a special day of presentations and displays on Sunday 27 September

The clothes that men and women wore in the past are the subject of this year’s special study day at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, in Singleton. The topics that will be covered include Henry VIII’s wardrobe; fashion in late 17th century Sussex; 18th and early 19th century dress and accessories from the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum; the dress of the 19th century poor; and the Museum’s own Historic Clothing Project.

The specialist speakers at the study day will be Professor Maria Hayward from the University of Southampton; the Museum’s social historian, Dr Danae Tankard; Keeper of Costume at the Chertsey Museum, Grace Evans; Dr Vivienne Richmond from Goldsmiths, University of London; and historic clothing designer, Barbara Painter.

The study programme has been designed to allow time during lunch and at the end of the day for participants to explore displays and demonstrations around the Museum’s site.

Tickets for the study day must be booked in advance and cost £50 per person. For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Museum team on 01243 811021 or email


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