Another busy costume day and luckily the forecast rain stayed away. We had a lovely lot of visitors in, of all ages. We found an outfit for everyone, including someone with their arm in a sling, and even a teddy bear got the Tudor treatment (which was a first!) Unfortunately there were a couple of people who came late, when we were packing up, but hopefully they'll come back next week, as the wardrobe doors will be open again next Monday 11-1 and 2-4. For now, it's time to put our feet up!
Several people have asked if the figures have names. They have none yet but open to suggestions.
In true Arundell style all the men could be called John… (they weren’t overly imaginative back then!)
Over the last week or so we’ve been cutting out patterns for our schools’ project. It’s easy to forget how long it actually takes to cut out each pattern, and it is taking longer than originally planned. We’ve done quite a few, it’s just the odd one or two that have caused befuddlement (so far); it’s back to the drawing board for a monk’s habit, which was far too skimpy and pathetic looking, and finally nailed an early noblewoman’s gown after cutting out 4 back skirt pieces instead of 2 front and 2 back, and a piece for the front that was too short. (I reckon we can use the extra bits for a cloak.) This wasn’t helped much by being in velvet so the pile had to be right too.
Fancy being a Elizabethan lady or gentleman? Or servant or farmer?
The dates for the Costume Days for next year have been confirmed. They will be on the following Mondays in 2014:
21 April (Easter Monday)
5 May & 27 May (bank holidays)
Summer holidays: 28 July, 4, 11, 18 & 25 August
Come and try on the types of clothes the Arundell family and their household would have worn during the 16th century. We hope to see lots of people there!
PS Trying on the clothes is a free activity, but normal admission fees to Trerice will apply (NT members free).