Clothing in Seventeen-Century Provincial England

Thursday 26 September 2019


The Talk

This talk will draw on Danae’s forthcoming book, Clothing in Seventeenth-Century Provincial England (Bloomsbury, September 2019), which focuses on the clothing of men, women and children living in Sussex. It will explore the ways in which cloth and clothing were being produced, distributed and acquired and how much choice men and women had in what they wore. Drawing on case studies of individual men and women the talk will also examine the methods wealthy provincial consumers used to access the London clothing market. At the other end of the social scale we will discuss the clothing strategies of the poor and the role of the parish in making sure its most vulnerable residents were adequately clothed.

The Speaker

Danae Tankard is a social and cultural historian, specialising in the 17th century and working predominantly on the county of Sussex. She is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Chichester and from 2005 to 2016 was also the Weald & Downland’s social historian. Danae is an editorial board member of Sussex Archaeological Collections and is on the council of the Sussex Record Society.

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


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