Commerce and Costume at the turn of the Century
Saturday, 15 October, 2016
Ecumenical Church Hall, Rodley, Leeds, LS13 1LJ
We returned to one of our favourite venues for this event.
In the morning Nicola Pullan, Assistant Curator of Social History for Leeds Museums spoke on "Buying up the Empire: shopping for textiles in historic Leeds". She told us how Victoria’s reign had not only expanded the Empire but generated colossal markets for trade both at home and abroad, fuelled essentially by the industrious north, with Leeds as one of the leaders in this global northern powerhouse of that time.
After an excellent buffet lunch, Julia Fox, Keeper of the Devonshire Collection of Period Costume, delighted us with garments, (and the etiquette to match), from the fascinating first decade of the early twentieth century with her talk entitled ‘The Edwardian Lady’s Layers’