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History Wardrobe

History has never been better dressed!

Scroll down to view all our fabulous presentations, each lasting up to 1½ hours and featuring beautiful displays of original fashions and accessories. We explore a wide range of fascinating topics - fashion, history, politics, art and literature. Words can't quite describe... Come and see us in action!

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Silk and Roses

SILK AND ROSES

*New for 2022*

A delightful wander through garden history and floral fashions, featuring feisty botanical explorers, curious garden lore, and gorgeous flower-themed stitchcraft

The Gentlewoman's Wardrobe

THE GENTLEWOMAN'S WARDROBE

*New for 2022*

A beautifully intimate exploration of fashion in the era of celebrated Yorkshire diarist Anne Lister, from corsets and sleeve puffs to boots and bonnets, with unique original garments

Top of the Frocks

TOP OF THE FROCKS!

*New for 2022*

The 1980s show: awesome gear, great music, outrageously good fun. Double denim, ra-ra ruffles and shoulder pads galore!

Monday is Wash Day

MONDAY IS WASH DAY

*New for 2022*

Plunge into the suds and stains of historical laundry and discover how to get your toga, petticoats or collars white than white!

The 1960s Frock Shop

THE 1960s FROCK SHOP

*New for 2022*

Fashion shopping in the Sixties – all the 'happening' styles from couture to boutique, featuring fab gear from Biba, Quant and other favourite high street stores. A riot of Lurex, Bri-nylon, crisp cottons and Crimplene!

The Secret Life of Knitting

THE SECRET LIFE OF KNITTING

Journey beyond knit-one-purl-one to learn more about the amazing history of knitwear and crochet, from Egyptian socks and royal vests to playful ponchos and radical yarn bombing

The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

THE DRESSMAKERS OF AUSCHWITZ

A moving author talk to complement this new Holocaust history book. The true story of the women who sewed to survive

Woman In Gold

WOMAN IN GOLD

Art, glamour and intrigue! Explore the lure of gold in fashion and the hidden world of women in art. Inspired by the dazzling embellishments of artist Gustav Klimt... and the fate of one of his most famous paintings

What were we thinking?

WHAT WERE WE THINKING?! THE 1970s SHOW

The 1970s show – gloriously groovy in every way, with disco sparkle, psychedelia, Punk, ponchos, platforms and hotpants

We Love Laura

WE LOVE LAURA

Did you wear Laura Ashley? Prairie dresses and floral frocks... Indulge in fashion nostalgia with classic Laura Ashley clothes from the 1960s to now

Bad Girls & Bonnets

BAD GIRLS & BONNETS

Jane Austen's guide to being brazen. A bold, brash and beautiful celebration of Austen's wicked women, and a truly revelatory look at clothes & crime in the eighteenth century

Fabulous Fifties

FABULOUS FIFTIES

Do you remember the Liberty bodice? We transform a domestic drudge into a glamour goddess, with the help of bullet bras, sugared petticoats and sterling advice from the experts, all set in the decade that reinvented dazzle

Gothic For Girls

GOTHIC FOR GIRLS

All the dark drama of black in fashion, and the best of British supernatural stories. Shiveringly beautiful costumes and readings from Jane Austen, the Brontës and Mary Shelley

Tea Gowns & Tea-time

TEA GOWNS & TEA-TIME

A terribly tempting talk set in the 1930s - a decade of streamlining, speed and style. Find out what's on at the pictures, what's cooking in the kitchen, and how diet and drastic underwear can help you fit in the sleek lines of thirties frocks

Ladies of a Certain Age

LADIES OF A CERTAIN AGE

Spinster, matron, mother, widow... Jane Austen's novels may have delightful young heroines, but they are also rich with rather older characters who now have the spotlight in this unique presentation celebrating old maids and matriarchs, from Miss Bates to Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Frocks on Parade

FROCKS ON PARADE

Fashions from the 1940s to the 1990s - From the New Look to the New Romantics, Flower Power to power dressing. A brilliant 'do you remember?' experience with a fantastic music soundtrack

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