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Museum Makers News November 2018

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Focus on collections: Lights, camera, ACTION!  


Our collections are a star attraction and recently we have been working with a number of different organisations to explore more of the collection.

Queen Victoria’s Bodice:

A rare bodice of Queen Victoria will feature in a publication by Historic Royal Palaces and a documentary, narrated by Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. A film production crew and Lucy, spent a glorious sunny autumn afternoon in the Drawing Room filming with our beautiful bodice. Both the documentary and publication are due to be released in early 2019. Did you know that we have a pair of Queen Victoria’s stockings on display in the Dressing Room at Wardown House? On your next visit be sure to take a look.  

Hats and Headwear: Made in Luton

Our Significant Collections curator recently worked alongside presenter Steph McGovern exploring our hat collection for a new BBC show, looking at iconic British products and how the craft industry has shaped our nation. The documentary, called Hats, filmed at various location across the town including local manufacturers and will showcase the significance of Luton’s hat industry as a world leader in hat making.
Catch Made in Britain, on Friday 16th November – 9.00pm, BBC 2.

Theatre in Museums: Healing Wounds  

Wardown House hosts Healing Wounds, a play specially commissioned by Luton Culture with a stellar cast to commemorate the centenary of Word War One. The drama has a special resonance with the Museum as it was a military hospital itself during World War One. Healing Wounds explores the friction, fury and at times fun between three army officers, thrown together in a hospital ward to recover from war.   Written by Dave Graves and directed by Kennedy Bloomer. 

Thursday 8 November, 2pm & 7.30pm
Friday 9 November, 7.30pm
Saturday 10th November, 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 / £8 conc


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