Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lady Eleanor Glanville, Lady of the Butterflies

We have been filming a few short sequences from the life of Lady Eleanor Glanville (c.1654–1709), the first English female lepidopterist. One of the things I had to make for this scene was a 17th century butterfly ‘clap net’, but … Continue reading

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Viking iron and ironing board!

Ok, so its not an iron and polishing board is a more appropriate term than ironing board, but they are for smoothing, pleating and polishing linen. These form part of the grave goods from a Viking era burial of a … Continue reading

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Queen Margaret’s Gold Dress early 15th c.

Last year (2009) I visited Uppsala in Sweden and made a particular point of visiting Uppsala cathedral where a number of significant surviving items of clothing are kept on display, including the clothes of Nils Sture (described by Janet Arnold … Continue reading

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Drawings of the Hollytrees Collection. No. 1

In the late 1980’s I worked as a volunteer collating the costume collection of the Hollytrees Museum in Colchester. I drew each of the costumes in detail for their information cards (this was in the days before digital cameras and … Continue reading

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