Hear from some of our volunteers about their latest project, helping with the You Wear It Well exhibition and why they want to be a volunteer!
What is the current exhibition you are working on about?
The exhibition showcases the best (and worst) of our costume collection. An example would be ‘cradle to grave’ which shows christening gowns and wedding outfits. Our ‘gladrags’ section displays the best of our party and evening wear.
Which has been your favourite costume you’ve worked on so far and why?
The black Victorian mourning cape because it is beautifully made and is still in excellent condition. There is delicate decorative beading and was made by a company ‘by appointment to the Queen.’ The purple long evening dress associated with the long black velvet coat makes this an elegant outfit for a night out.
What are you working on at the moment and going to work on next?
We have been researching the garments selected for the display although we have no information of the origins of some. We have checked the condition of the garments prior to display. Next will be padding the mannequins so costumes can fit.
Why have you chosen to volunteer at Epping Forest District Museum?
I have chosen to volunteer at Epping Forest District Museum because, it is local to me and I have always been interested in history, especially the Neolithic period, but I have been fascinated by learning about other areas such as the costume and art collections.