Abercorn Room talk led by Grace Evans, Keeper of Costume at Chertsey Museum
Thursday 7th November 2019
2pm – 3pm
The Painshill landscape was designed to be discovered and enjoyed by its visitors. Have you ever wondered what those original 18th century visitors might have worn as they wound their way around the delights of the park? Just as Charles Hamilton sought to encourage people to experience the beauty of the landscape through his monuments, follies and planting, so fashionable dress was also designed in a way that complemented and beautified the person. In this about the history of 18th century dress, Grace Evans, Keeper of Costume at Chertsey Museum will explore the clothing of fashionable men, women and children of the 1700s. Using images and beautiful replica garments from the Olive Matthews Collection, a nationally significant collection of dress which is housed at Chertsey Museum, Grace will uncover the layers of dress worn, the changing styles of the era and the gorgeous fabrics that once adorned the early visitors in whose footsteps we walk today.
Talks in the Abercorn Room occur on the first Thursday of every month. View all upcoming talks, guided tours and lectures here.
Image courtesy of the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum. Photo by John Chase Photography.
£5.00 for non-members*
Free for Painshill members
*General admission applies if you wish to enter the landscape garden.
Organised in aid of Painshill Park Trust Limited, registered charity in England and Wales (284944). We rely on fundraising to preserve and maintain Painshill for future generations so your support is very important to us.
Talk: Dressed to Impress – Fashions of the 18th century
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