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Fashions from the Home Front

Make do and mend.

17 October 2013 10:00am - 5:00pm

Study day to coincide with our exhibition ‘Dressed for Battle’.


A study day to coincide with the exhibition  ‘Dressed for Battle’ currently on display in the Fashion Galleries, at Lotherton Hall. The day will explore the impact of the two World Wars on civilian clothing. There will be a series of talks and an opportunity to get up close to original clothing from the period.
The speakers include Lucy Adlington from the hugely popular History Wardrobe, Dr. Geraldine Howell dress historian and author of  ‘Wartime Fashion - From Haute Couture to Homemade, 1939 -1945’, Meridith Towne, who was recently seen on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee and Danielle Sprecher, a researcher and fashion historian, from the University of Leeds.
The day will look at everything from First World War fashions, to the critical significance of clothing in the Second World War. There will the chance to discover more about the history of Make Do and Mend and also find out about what impact the  Demob suit - many of which were manufactured right here in Leeds, by the tailoring manufacturer Burtons - had on men’s fashions.

Price:   Ticket price including refreshments £30 (full day) or £25 for season ticket holders and students.

Contact details:   Booking is essential and as places are limited early booking is advised.

To book, download the Booking Form or contact Wendy Shuttleworth:
wendy.shuttleworth@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 2813259

Additional information:  

​You can download the Booking Form here.

Take a look at the full Event Programme.

Lotherton Hall 

Off Collier Lane
LS25 3EB

t.   0113 378 2959


Explore a fine Edwardian country home with extensive grounds, red deer park, bird garden, nature trails, historic stables and carriage houses, gardens, walks and two children's play areas.


Adventure playground
Play area
Baby change
Education facilities
Picnic area
Walks and trails


For information about disabled access, baby changing facilities and dog access please look for the link under 'related pages' or visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/lothertonhall/Access-at-Lotherton-Hall.aspx
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Public transport  

Finding your way to Lotherton Hall. By bus: Bus numbers 64 and 64A go to Aberford from Leeds City Centre. There is then an approximate 20-30 minute walk. By train: The nearest train station is Garforth, located 4 miles away. By car: Lotherton Hall is situated off Collier Lane which is just off junction 47 of the M1. If you are using a route planner, our postcode is LS25 3EB. Please contact Metroline for up-to-date travel information on (0113) 245 7676.


Entrance prices include admission to the hall and estate and parking charges are included in your visit. There is plenty of parking available.

Pay and display parking alone is available during off peak hours only. Off peak hours are until 10.00am and after 3.15pm in the winter and 4.15pm in the summer.

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