Posts Tagged ‘dress’

Settle down or settle up?

April 15, 2015

How strange words in the English language can be. Settling down and settling up ought to have entirely opposite meanings, but as far as we know the meanings are entirely different with no link between them.

However, during our closed season we have taken all the display on our circa 1800 settle down and have now put up a new display on the same settle.

A fresh settle display for 2015

A fresh settle display for 2015

At the left hand end a bride is ready to depart. She’s wearing a 1920s wedding dress. Her two maids are taking a breather with her, wearing appropriate period aprons. Other items, possibly recently worn by household members have been hung on the settle prior to being put away. Perhaps the bride has decided the necklace is a bit chunky for her wedding dress.

Just out of shot, the bride’s niece is in the pram. She’s in a family heirloom Christening gown for there is to be a joint ceremony.

At least they all have a very short walk to the church!

Do visit in 2015 to see what’s new at Market Lavington Museum. Remember, admission is free although we welcome donations to help us with running costs.

Mary wears contrary clothing

April 30, 2014
Mary is dressed for the occasion at Market Lavington Museum

Mary is dressed for the occasion at Market Lavington Museum

This doll – we call her Mary – is one of two youngsters making use of our venerable pram/pushchair. This is a venerable vehicle, but today we concentrate on Mary and what she is wearing. She is part of our mixed display this year called ‘dressed for the occasion’. We have varied clothes from different historic periods that might have been worn on some of those special occasions. Mary has assorted ‘Sunday Best’ clothes on.

We can’t see much of her dress but we believe it is a best dress, made of white lawn and dating from the 1880s or 90s.

The coat that Mary is wearing covers most of the dress. The coat is in flannel with lace at the cuffs and round the square neckline. But the most notable feature is the lovely blue embroidery. Surely any little girl would have been proud to wear this coat. It dates from about 1890.

It is the white bonnet that has a different date. It is in very pale blue, so is a good colour match for the coat, but it is twenty years newer – dating from about 1910.

You can come and meet Mary and the rest of our dressed people by visiting the upstairs room at the museum.

The bridesmaid’s dress

April 26, 2014

This year our ‘people’ in the museum are dressed for the occasion. Yes, our mannequins have been dressed up for the new season which is now just a few days away. One of our ladies is wearing a rather fetching bridesmaid’s dress.

Our bridesmaid is dressed for the occasion - at Market Lavington Museum

Our bridesmaid is dressed for the occasion – at Market Lavington Museum

And there we see the young lady. Her dress, which dates from the 1930s, is of turquoise/blue organdie (also known as organza). It has leg of mutton sleeves, fastened with press studs. The collar is frilly.

Under the dress she wears a satin slip and her headdress is of silver leaves mounted on a turquoise band.

This outfit belonged to the Burbidge family and that means the costume is at home. Alf and Louise Burbidge and their daughters Florence and Doris lived in our museum building during the 1930s.

Sadly, we have not identified whose wedding it was worn for although we may have a photo of it. Amongst artefacts we have in the museum is a small album of photos which belonged to the Burbidge family. There is a wedding photo in there in which the older bridesmaid may be wearing this outfit, but she is largely concealed.

A wedding photo in the Burbidge album

A wedding photo in the Burbidge album

We do not recognise the people in this photo but maybe somebody out there can help us. Below we have zoomed in and we can see the silver leaves of this bridesmaid’s headdress and we think the neckline of her dress is similar to our turquoise one.


Once again, the museum has a number of new displays so it is well worth visiting again this year.