To dress a lady

Sunday 27 May 2018


The course

This session compares the clothing of a lady at court and a servant c. 1520/30. Each layer of clothing will be considered based on historical records. The dyes, fabrics and costs of items are explored, along with the social history of the wearer. Children’s clothes and swaddling will also be included.

The tutors

Catherine (Flower) Guilder RGN, BA (Hons) MPhil. Publications include: Hampshire Studies Archeological Journal 2009 ” Religious Observance on board the Mary Rose: Some Observations

Catherine has worked with the Weald & Downland Museum as a historical Interpreter for many years and appeared in historical television programs such as BBC four’s Christina of Codicote, The Mud men, The History of the Home and BBC2 Ready Steady Cook. She also appears in primary schools ‘Cook It’ project in the historic cookbook series. Web site: and for more information

Joanne Briffett is a lace maker and has been an interpreter at the Museum for many years with vast knowledge and experience in Medieval/Tudor cooking and women’s social domestic history. She has appeared on television in BBC 2 Ready Steady Cook and is part of Tudor Tales.

Participant information

Please bring warm clothing as part of the course is in a historic building.

Fee and refreshments

£30 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees and entry to the Museum. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.


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