Here is another installment from collections online Project Assistant Ellie Miles, following on from her post last week Theatrical Portraits: back in the limelight. Sorting through the boxes of prints in the store, it was not long before one of the actors began to catch my eye. T.P. Cooke appears in dozens of the museum’s prints and in several of those is shown wearing the distinctive flared trousers of a sailor character. It was the repetitive trousers that were so striking, although I confess what an 1820 theatre critic described as “his fine muscular figure and handsome expressive countenance” (The British Stage, […]
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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.
A few weeks ago I found myself surrounded by fascists. I was on my way to the West End when at Tower Hill station a large group of French-speaking men with assorted girlfriends and wives (I presume) entered my tube carriage.
A starring role for the Suffragette collection
As curator of the museum’s wonderful Suffragette collection I often welcome ‘important’ visitors to the archive, captivated by the story of the women who endured imprisonment, hunger-strike and even force-feeding in their battle to win the vote.