History Wardrobe

Presentations


We have 25 presentations to choose from covering over 200 years of social history. Each presentation is based on a wealth of academic and textile research, presented in a lively and engaging manner. The talks last for over an hour, with plenty of time for you to come and chat afterwards, and to examine the costume displays in greater detail. Please contact Lucy to make a booking enquiry.

Click here for details on current fees and expenses. Click on each title below to find out more.

Pink - The True Story

*New for 2017*

Pink - The True Story
A celebration of this love/loathe colour, from 18th century dandies to modern day women warriors
Bad Girls & Bonnets

*New for 2017*

Bad Girls & Bonnets
Jane Austen’s Guide to being Brazen
Dressed to Impress

*New for 2017*

Dressed to Impress
A fantastic fashion show of special occasion clothes
The Red Ribbon

*New for 2017*

The Red Ribbon
Author talk by Lucy Adlington about 1940s fashion and the dressmakers of Auschwitz
V for Victory

*New for 2018*

V for Victory
The Land Army, the Vote and Home Front life in WW1
All Writers Great and Small

*New for 2018*

All Writers Great and Small
A celebration of Northern authors, from the Brontës to James Herriot
We Love Laura

*New for 2018*

We Love Laura!
A celebration of Laura Ashley fabrics and fashions from the 1960s to now
Woman in Gold

*New for 2018*

Woman in Gold
Art, gold, glamour and intrigue. Inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt
Jolly Hockeysticks

Jolly Hockeysticks
A simply smashing show about school days and school stories
Stitches in Time

Stitches in Time
The story of the clothes we wear
A Very Victorian Lady

A Very Victorian Lady
Original costumes of 19th century working women
Gothic for Girls

Gothic for Girls
Dark drama, the beauty of black in fashion and the best of British supernatural writing
Fairytale Fashion

Fairytale Fashion
The story of the Princess dress and magical clothes from well-loved tales

Women & the Great War

Women & the Great War
Stories of ordinary women in extraordinary times, told through their clothes
Great War Fashion

Great War Fashion
A costumed author talk for "Great War Fashion - Tales from the History Wardrobe"
Agatha Christie & Art Deco

Agatha Christie & Art Deco
The life and times of the Queen of Crime, with a mystery to solve
Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady
An enchanting view of the creation of beauty in 18th Century portraits
Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here
A happy history of seaside clothes and swimwear
Oh My Poor Nerves

Oh My Poor Nerves
Health & hypochondria in Jane Austen's England
Silk

Silk
A sumptuous indulgence in 200 years of women's fashion in silk
Ladies of a Certain Age

Ladies of a Certain Age
Celebrating the older women of Austen's fiction and the real lives of Georgian ladies
Titanic

Titanic
A dramatic glimpse into life onboard the legendary ocean liner
Votes for Women

Votes for Women
The story of suffragette style and the fight for political freedom
Tea Gowns & Tea Time

Tea Gowns & Tea Time
A terribly tempting talk about cakes and kings, fads and fashions of the 1930s
Fabulous Fifties

Fabulous Fifties
From charlady to glamour goddess, a dazzling display of Fifties fashions
Frocks on Parade

Frocks on Parade
A nostalgic journey through the clothes and culture of our lives 1940 - 1990
Story of the White Wedding

Story of the White Wedding
Gorgeous bridal gowns and fascinating details of wedding folklore