Historical Hall of Fame

30 Mar 2018

Iconic Film & TV Costumes Worn By The Stars

Exclusive to Gainsborough Old Hall this year, and following the success of last year's display of costumes from Wolf Hall, comes, "Historical Hall of Fame" – a selection of iconic costumes from historical films and television.  The costumes to be displayed are from popular programmes and films such as Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth and Henry V.  These will be the actual costumes as worn by the lead actors – Judi Dench, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kenneth Brannagh.  Amongst the 12 costumes on display will also be Helena Bonham Carter's costume from Suffragette which reflects the Centenary of Votes for Women this year.  Other costumes include uniforms worn by Aiden Turner in Poldark and Sean Bean in Sharpe, and a costume worn by Kirstin Scott Thomas from Darkest Hour. Covering a span of time from the 15th Century to the 20th Century these costumes bring to life those films of epic moments of British history both fact and fiction but all have authenticity in common.  Gainsborough Old Hall provides a beautiful and historic backdrop for these costumes and a highlight of a visit to one of the greatest of medieval great Halls. The stunning Hall witnessed each of the periods in history represented by the costumes on display.


The costumes are supplied by London costumiers, Angels who make costumes by hand and with great attention to detail but also to accommodate the needs of the filming and performance.  Throughout the display duration will be a series of special events inspired by the costumes, starting with four days of "Fashion from the Past" at Easter from Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April.  Combining a variety of historical fashions described and shown by our two performers, visitors can discover some of the sartorial secrets of the past.  There's also children's dressing up and opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth I's executioner before the end of the display period.