19th Century

  1. Dresses and Dressmaking by Pam Inder

    Clara Dare's dress, c. 1868. (Dresses and Dressmaking, Amberley Publishing) From the Late Georgians to the Edwardians In my working life I was a museum curator, looking after collections of ‘applied arts’ – which means furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, dresses and so on. I soon realised that when we put on an exhibition of ceramics, silver, glass, or...
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  2. Wearing the Trousers: Fashion, Freedom and the Rise of the Modern Woman by Don Chapman

    As the first book to trace the history of the women’s rights movement through the prism of women’s dress, Wearing the Trousers: Fashion, Freedom and the Rise of the Modern Woman makes a fascinating curtain-raiser to the celebrations next year to mark the centenary of women gaining the vote. Engraving of Mrs Amelia Bloomer, from the daguerreotype by T. W...
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  3. The Real Persuasion: Portrait of a Real-Life Jane Austen Heroine by Peter James Bowman

    Katherine Bisshop. Crayon sktech. Castle Goring MSS/PD/100, West Sussex Record Office, Chichester. (The Real Persuasion, Amberley Publishing) I first read the typescript diary of Katherine Bisshopp (1791-1871) many years ago in the hope of finding references to the subject of a book I was then working on. I found nothing, but the forthright, colourful, often humorous tone of Katherine’s...
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  4. The Servants' Story by Pamela Sambrook

    There were several reasons why I wrote my new book on the servants of Trentham Hall, Staffordshire, the country home of the Dukes of Sutherland. In the early 19th century they were reputed to be the richest non-royal family in England and the largest private landowners in the UK, thanks to their huge land holdings in Scotland. But this is...
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  5. The Beauty of Her Age 'Yolande Duvernay' by Jenifer Roberts

    The church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge. (© John Hagger) The Catholic church of our Lady and the English Martyrs is a major landmark in the city of Cambridge. Completed in 1890 when it was known as the pro-cathedral because of its size, the church was built at the sole expense of a Frenchwoman, Mrs...
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