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February 6, 2013

Catching up…?

Yes, it has now been over four months since I promised to finish blogging my last trip, but I plead Kenyan Internet! It has been turtle-slow since October, which has made it difficult to do very much at all, especially with photos. But I’m busily organizing pictures this month and hope to complete the final few days of our trip soon.

In the meantime, check out this year’s tour at http://sensibility.com/2013tour. We only have a few spots left, so let me know if you’d like to join us! It’s a great year to go with the 200th Anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and lots of Jane Austen-related stops on the itinerary in addition to historical costumes. :)

September 30, 2012

Yes, I’ll finish up the blog soon!

Well, I’ve been home for quite a while now, but it has taken time to nurse the dead laptop back to life and attend to the business of “catch-up.” ;) I’m hoping to dump all my photos this week and organize them so I can finish posting (and share some larger versions of ones people have requested). Until then, here are a couple of shots taken for a Bath newspaper the Saturday we were there. We sure had a grand time!

Our group after the Grand Costumed Promenade. I am always so proud of our group’s incredible costumes–this year’s were stunning all ’round!


And here’s one he shot of me walking with my wee girlie (who had undone my bonnet ties!). Fun, fun day with gorgeous sunshine through most of it.

September 16, 2012

Symington Collection

Thursday we packed up and traveled to Coalville in Leicestershire to enjoy up-close study of items in the Symington Costume Collection. Symington was a corset factory near Market Harborough from the 1840s on, and sample corsets were preserved in mint condition, including their boxes and advertising. We also got to see some 1770s “jumps” (at-home wrappers) and two sets of 1830s stays that we’re donated to the collection.










In addition to the wonders we were able to handle in the study room (thank you, Sarah!), we also enjoyed touring the extensive costume gallery in the Discovery Center, which contains items from the 1760s to the modern day:














There was even fun stuff for a wee one to do!


We all walked out with costume overload…in a good way! Lots of wonderful stuff to enjoy and digest. Well worth the drive, and this is an under-reported collection that should be known more broadly. We’ll have to come again.

September 13, 2012

Platt Hall Costume Study Day


The collection at Platt Hall includes over 20,000 items of clothing, a huge array of buttons, and ephemera including fashion plates and magazines. The curator closed the museum in the morning to admit our group, which was lovely. Half of us wandered all over the former great house, enjoying the clothing on display, much of which was collected by the late Dr. C. Willett Cunnington.

Unfortunately, there’s a “no sharing” policy for photos taken in the museum, so I can’t show you any of the beautiful exhibits or the amazing items we were allowed to handle in the study room (imagine one table just covered in Spencer jackets of all colors and shapes!). Suffice it to say, we had costume overload all day and left with our heads spinning. It was wonderful.

Even my little miss enjoyed all the fun!


Yesterday we enjoyed the jaw-dropping tapestries at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. I’ll share those pictures later tonight.

August 28, 2012

Off to the UK in September!

The 2012 Historical Costume Tour begins on September 9, and we’re so excited about the wonderful itinerary! I’ll be blogging during the tour as time permits, so check back here to see what our group gets to enjoy–including an original 19th-century cotton mill, two famous historical costume collections, and tapestries created by Bess of Hardwick and Mary, Queen of Scots!