Getting ac-costumed to Sewerby Hall’s history

Charlotte Hanson, Sewerby Hall's historic costume advisor, gets ready for the venue's costume project

Charlotte Hanson, Sewerby Hall's historic costume advisor, gets ready for the venue's costume project

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Sewerby Hall and Gardens has launched the first of its weekly sessions of a new project aimed at refining and developing the costumed interpretation in the country house.

Staff at the site are looking for a team of volunteers to join their expert, Charlotte Hanson, the costume designer for The Spa, Bridlington and the historic costume adviser to Sewerby Hall and Gardens, in an exciting new project to create costumes for use by interpreters, visitors of all ages and visiting schoolchildren.

The aim is to create costumes that reflect aspects of the long history of Sewerby Hall. In a new and exciting twist, these sessions will see the team create the costumes in the Orangery as a living exhibit, talking to the public about the different items they are making. Charlotte said: “It is an exciting experiment in bringing costume and fashion to a wider audience. I particularly like the idea that volunteers will both learn and educate at the same time.”

Charlotte and her team will be in the Orangery every Monday throughout the summer from 11am-4pm.

Further information can be obtained from the education officer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, on (01262) 673769, by visiting www.sewerbyhall.co.uk or the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s museum website www.museums.eastriding.gov.uk/sewerby-hall-museum/volunteering/