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A Rummage through Granny’s Drawers at Cliffe Castle Museum


Oct 14 2023


Please Note: Venues Closed On Mondays.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

About The Event


Cliffe Castle Museum
Keighley, BD20 6LQ

Dale Keeton, Conservation Officer at Bradford Museum’s will talk about underwear: why, how and when we wore it and no doubt he will be illustrating his talk with a few bits and bobs from the museum’s collections.

We will jump straight in and explore why we wear underthings, from altering our shapes and creating silhouettes to keeping our clothes clean and titivating our senses. Then we will romp through the romanticism of the 1830’s, the inventions and strivations of the 1850’s, the strictness of the 1890’s, the liberations of the 1930’s and the foundation of the 1950’s.

There will be tales of woe along the way as well as revelations, fascinating facts and a chance to get close and personal to some truly beautiful costumes.

For generations, underwear has been hidden from sight, and yet it’s one of the most informative article of clothing we own. It tells us as much about a person’s social and economic status as their desires and how the wearer projects themselves in the world. It’s a rich history with a captivating story, so join us for a rummage through Granny’s drawers as she reveals her most intimate secrets.

May Half-term with Bradford District Museums & Galleries

Looking for something to do  over half term? 
Have a look at our families events – follow the links for more information

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Details here

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