I am nolonger making costumes or doing the presentations ,I still give talks and attend events though at least one months notice is required .
My work is rather hard to summarise but I describe myself as a costumed educator .I use historical costume and items of clothing and original artefacts and my own specifically designed aids such as worksheets to bring history to life .
I work with all ages and a diverse group of clients ,including museums, day centres, residential homes ,schools, village associations ,charities and the media.I usually work either alone or with my husband but I also have a number of people who occasionally work with me.(hence the intermingling of I and we in the following post)
Most of my work is involves recreating accurately a historical costume and my background is largely academic .I have a hons degree in European humanities with classical studies ,diplomas in related subjects ,though I also have tourism and business studies HND and I am aware of the need to “market” certain events or provide a more public friendly and more laid back form of “entertaining” education so we also have more loosely interpreted costumes for our old people’s homes work , for seasonal talks nd tourism focused events
Dressed in period costume I give not only give talks but do an assortment of costume work for ,towns .
(Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of this image)
And occasionaly the theatre
(Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of this image)
and two further literary talks
The talks can be tailored to all ages and most situations.
Small groups WI and other groups
In addition to my talks we do much more informal presentations usually in old people’s homes and day centers though we have also provided activities and a costumed presence for school fun days or fundraising ,awareness raising events such as the Cliff castle museums fundraising tea party and the Bronte birthplace trusts filming seen at the beginning of the post
, at Haworth 1940s weekend and for Bronte events in Haworth .
These presentations include a power point talk ,singing ,a chance to try on hats and other items of clothing and a chance to be photographed in them,Discs with the photos are then given to organisers free of charge.The main presentations are
and occasionally seasonal ones such as Christmas or Easter ,an optional extra at these talks is Tilly our Cavalier King Charles who is always happy to be patted and treated by residents and will happily accompany staff to visit any residents who are room bound
While this covers my main areas of work, we are also involved in the arts having worked closely with Bradford playhouse doing meet and great on several productions .Including Mandrakes magnificent machine, for which I received an excellent recommendation from playwright Douglas Thomson.
“Lynn is amazing and magical. Great attention to detail. Her costumes and work in all aspects are amazing. I highly recomend this high born lass to all.
Lynn supported our Work on The play Mandrak’es Magnificent Machine. She provided excellent front of house care and made our event really appealing to members of the public.”
January 3, 2011, Douglas was L’s client
We also worked doing meet and greet for Bronte boy ,which we worked on throughout its run In Halifax and Leeds
We have worked for the Bronte Parsonage giving both talks and occasionally providing childrens activities or giving readings such as this reading from Jane Eyre in the rooms of the parsonage during their exclusive pre release screening of Jane Eyre ,its first showing anywhere in the uk ,these readings were given for VIPs including Hollywood director Cary Fukanuga
This was followed up by further costume work for the parsonage BBC breakfast filming and complimented previous work done for Haworth and BBC big screen Bradford during filming its promotional video of Haworth
I also made the costumes used in this filming.Though I dont usually make costumes to order I have made limited numbers for re en-actors at Kentwell Hall.Warwick and Tutbury castle and for re enactors attending events such as the San Francisco Dickensian festival and for Bradford playhouses special Solstice event.My costumes are all hand sewn and unique as I never use patterns.
We have often been used for promotional work and to provide a costumed presence that attracts media interest for events
Hathaways has also been involved in organising events ,we ran the successful
“Meet the Brontes” day at West Lane Baptist church which featured day time activities for children ,costume exhibitions and a chance to handle genuine Victorian items ,followed by evening talks and lectures by various speakers.
We exhibited costumes for a costume trail at Moor Lodge.
Provided childrens activities during the following days and I also co wrote with Ian Howard a short work “A Bronte Christmas Carol”
” A Bronte Christmas carol”performed at Ferndean and which received very favourable reviews
Though I am not a professional or even amateur author I have also been asked to write a couple of reviews of plays and books which feature online on various sites, the fullest can be found here,I usually write under the pen name of Abigail Bell.
Though I usually work alone or with my Husband John we do occasionally employ other younger ladies to help out
finally I do sometimes hire out costumes for filming and promo shoots etc,though ths will require at least three months advance notice.
We can be seen in the following media posts which are a small selection of those online
Firstly my work for the Bronte Parsonage museum
Most recently I was booked to be Emily Bronte for a day of events including a train journey ,bus trip ,walk on the moor and garden party ,this event was also filmed
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=565405100168108&set=pb.292485174126770.-2207520000.1392899722.&type=3&theaterThe Mrs Bronte day and advance publicity
the museums local day
one of the gowns I have supplied to the Parsonage
My other Bronte related work
http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/en/event/221?month=2029-08 (photo of myself with thw cast and quotes from my review)
We have also had our photograph chosen by an author for basis of her covers artwork andmore details to follow
As of the end of 2014 I will nomlonger covering events in costume or regularly take bookings for our old peoples home presentations.However I still give talks and power point presentations .