Now that we have established that Countess Hamon collected beautiful shoes, it is about time that we start looking at some of her other clothes. Judging from the items we have at the museum, the Countess had a penchant for strong colours. Below is one of her dresses (we have three), probably from the late 1920s. The object is very fragile, that’s why I had to photograph it in its box, and why I could not really rummage around inside to look for a label, but I suspect there isn’t one anyway. I wonder whether she wore the dress with […]
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Christina Broom: A pioneering photographer
It is almost a year now since I first laid eyes on an extraordinary private collection of photographs by Christina Broom.
Sherlock Holmes trailer: You saw, but did you observe?
With only one week to go until our Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens to the public, we wanted to take a closer inspection at our trailer to reveal a few hidden clues as to what visitors might expect… you saw, but did you observe?