Men's 19th century smocks the talking point at history lecture in Warwick - The Leamington Observer

Men's 19th century smocks the talking point at history lecture in Warwick

Leamington Editorial 22nd Sep, 2023   0

MEN’S 19th century smocks will be the talking point at Wawickshire Local History Society.

WLHS begins its 2023 programme of evening talks on Tuesday October 17 with a talk by Maggie Wood, formerly keeper of social history for the Warwickshire Museum Service.

The talk will take place at Aylesford Primary School in Warwick and will focus on a collection of twenty 19th century men’s smocks held at the museum.

Maggie said: “Most came into the museum in the 1960s with limited snippets of information – for example ‘…said to have belonged to a cowman from Whitnash, gored to death by a bull’. However, using a variety of sources, many now digitised and available online, it’s been possible to track down some of the smock wearers, and to build fascinating narratives for local lives long forgotten – while meeting some surprises along the way.”




Maggie was keeper of social history for the Warwickshire Museum Service from 1988 to 2012. Her last project there was to raise cash for, and then oversee the conservation of, the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire – a unique Elizabethan textile.

The talk will start at 7.30pm with tea and coffee served from 7pm.


There is no need to book and non-members can attend for £3, refundable if they join the society on the day.

For more information visit www.warwickshirehistory.org.uk

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