The Modish and the Militant reminder

A reminder that Lucie Whitmore from Glasgow University will be giving a talk on how the war affected the clothes women wore and the reasons for these changes.   An often-overlooked resource, the clothing worn by women during the First World War can reveal some surprising links between conflict and fashion. This talk will explore the storytelling power of the objects that survive in museum collections and those lost to time, seeking to highlight the female experience of life wartime Britain. This talk will focus on three areas of First World War fashion – the changing culture of mourning dress, the balance between austerity and patriotism, and the growing practicality within women’s clothing – revealing the impact of conflict on the cultural and social lives of these non-combatants.  We’ve noticed, when going through the Teesdale Mercury during the war years, that each edition contains some fashion information, and it will be interesting to see how (and if) this fits in with the national picture.

Tickets cost £3 to include tea/coffee and biscuits (FREE with museum admission price, for Friends of the museum, volunteers and students).  Please book through email: or telephone: 01833 690606.