Category Archives: 19thc

An easy guide to making your own victorian accessories part one,Muffs, capes and other things

Making almost all Victorian accessories is quite easy  and usualy very cheap and those which cant be made are usually easy to buy of ebay or from fancy dress shops. Before I show how to make mittens ,capes ,cloaks ,collars … Continue reading

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A possible Bronte Photograph?

As I have occasionally been asked about the possible “new Bronte Photograph “,it has a fascinating history and is interesting in its own right .I do not however belive it’s a photograph of the sisters. Photo from please follow the … Continue reading

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The hidden Charlotte Bronte

I am going to be  at the Bronte parsonage museum for Charlottes birthday next weekend and I have been working on  a talk to give visitors who may not know much about the Brontes an introduction to Charlotte ,but which … Continue reading

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How to put victorian or replica victorian clothing on

Just a very quick post on dressing in period costume as WGW is coming up and Haworths going steam punk in Nov The most important thing is highlighted in the Goth day public service announcement First some donts If your … Continue reading

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Lucy Locket lost her Pocket,,A short look at a forgotton treasure

( The almost forgotten rhyme “Lucy locket lost her pocket ,Kitty fisher found it ,not a penny was there in it but the binding round it ” Is the only remaining record in popular culture of a little known yet … Continue reading

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Victorian Mourning part two,The clothing

Victorian mourning after the funeral was ended became the domain of the ladies closest to the deceased.While men wore black ties and perhaps carried momentos such as hairwork watch “chains” Women had  months or years of wearing mourning clothing ahead … Continue reading

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A day in the life of Emily Bronte ?

I have been working on displays for the day long Bronte event and thinking over possible subjects  .I decided a display on  “a day in the life “would be something that people would find interesting and which I could probably … Continue reading

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The old Parsonage B&B or (Imagine a world without any Brontes)

I thought it would be interesting to imagine a world were the Bronte sisters had never published their works,I have already done a  post which examined the effects on Haworth and the surrounding area and also on popular culture ,I … Continue reading

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Artifacts,privacy and Morality ponderings on King Richard III ,the Brontes and Eva Peron

I  always feel that historians ,anthropologists and archeologists can have a slightly schizophrenic attitude to the dead ,wanting to study their lives in detail yet mindful these were real people.They are also  forced to make decisions of what is and … Continue reading

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Bronte clothing ,the Brown gown ponderings

This was the first dress I examined and a very pleasant surprise as it’s in very good condition and actually quite pretty Its a rich chestnut dark brown and good fabric  I am not sure which sister this gown belonged … Continue reading

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