Dressing up 1780’s style!

We are very excited about our exhibition ‘Dressing the Women from Poldark’ opening on Saturday. This Cosprop exhibition presents costumes from BBC One’s hit television series ‘Poldark’, an adaptation of Winston Graham’s series of historical novels. To accompany the exhibition, we have commissioned several beautiful pieces of dressing up for children to enjoy, I’m particularly fond of this lovely hat!

Dressing up is a key element of learning, enabling children to explore imaginary worlds and develop their creative thinking. Dressing up also plays a valuable role in museum learning and encourages families, children and adults to connect with our exhibitions. Trying on costume opens up a discussion about who would have worn it and when or where it would have been worn. Dressing up offers a tactile experience, inviting children to touch different materials and textures like lace, straw and felt. Captivating storytelling is at the heart of Poldark. Dressing up can inspire children to create their own characters and begin telling stories of their own!

Camellia Stafford

Museum Access Assistant

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