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Fashion flashback – Tudor fineries and 40s make-do at Belsay

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Belsay's on trend as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII pay the site a visit this May

Belsay's on trend as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII pay the site a visit this May

The catwalk of the past will be on show at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland in May.

The English Heritage property will feature a month-long Fashion from the Past event, running from May 5 – 27. Fans of fashion through the ages will be in for a treat, with costume displays featuring the the trends of Tudor nobles and some very impressive fashion desings from the Victorian and Georgian periods.

But this time travel event will feature more than fasion. Go to Belsay to see extra special weekend presentaitons and other events. There will be a weekend commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, fashion and daily rations from the war years of the 1940s and an illumiating exploration of the finery and fashions of Edwardian society at the start of the 20th century..

Key attractions of Fashion from the Past at Belsay will be:

Costume Presentations, May 5, 6, 7, 11am – 5pm: A weekend of fashion from the past where visitors can witness a range of stunning Tudor costumes in fashion presentations. These revea the secrets of Tudor courtly costumes. There will also be a focus on dressing the Georgians for the fashion conscious gentleman and lady.

Costume Display: May 8 – 11, 10am – 5pm: See Tudor costumes fit for a King and Queen on display. This will feature a mix of replica costume for the nobles of the Tudor period, as well as hands-on activity for children.

Costume Presentations: May 12 – 13: 11am – 5pm: A weekend observing the first and only voyage of the ill-fated Titanic. Look back at April 1912 and step into Edwardian society. Lucy Adlington from The History Wardrobe will follow the story of famous dress designer Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon – known in Society as ‘Lucile’. A unique presentation not to be missed, visitors will see costumes, documents and survivor testimonies detailing life on board Titanic, as well as the aftermath of the tragedy.

Costume Display, May 14 – 18, 10am – 5pm: Another chance to see Tudor costume fit for a King and Queen on display.

Costume Presentations, May 19 – 20, 11am – 5pm: Enjoy what were then considered to be racey and daring cosustumes from Victorian sporting life – and maybe even get into the sporting mood before this year’s Olympics. See also presentations of medieval dress for the nobles and servants, and more sumptuous Tudor costume on static display.

Costume Display, May 21 – 25, 10am – 5pm: If you’ve missed it, another opportunity to see Tudor costume fit for a King and Queen on display, which is a variety of replica costume for Tudor nobles. The days will also include hands-on activity for children.

Costume Presentations, May 26 – 27, 11am – 5pm: Fashion from the past takes centre state this weekend, and visitors will see fashion from the 1940s, displays of Regency dress for dandies and ladies, and more Tudor costume on static display.

For more information about Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsay or call 01661 881636.

For regular updates, follow Belsay Hall on Facebook – www.facebook.com/belsayhall

For more information about all of the events and English Heritage properties please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/northeast.

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