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Making Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain

man in folk dress holding model on a pole of stag head and antlers
  • Written byCentre for Fashion Curation
  • Published date 31 October 2022
man in folk dress holding model on a pole of stag head and antlers
Joe Bailey, Horn Dancer, Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Staffordshire. Photograph: Henry Bourne

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) have awarded The Centre for Fashion Curation, working in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore and Compton Verney £249,007 (of a max. £250k) for the project 'Making Mischief: seasonal customs and the living heritage of folk costume in Britain'. Amy de la Haye is the lead on this bid and is working closely with CfFC's Dr Ben Whyman and Bre Stitt, Jane Gibb, Abbie Hayes and Mellany Robinson who is manager of Simon Costin's Museum of British Folklore. Amy, Simon and Mellany are curating two major exhibitions 'Making Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain' at Compton Verney (February 2023), and at LCF Stratford (Spring 2024) where they will be working closely with LCF Cultural Producer Tamsin Ace. The bid includes a number of events, workshops and installations that will involve local and marginalised communities. The long-term objective is for CfFC to help achieve a permanent venue for the Museum of British Folklore.

Image: Joe Bailey, Horn Dancer, Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Staffordshire Photograph by Henry Bourne (©)  The book Arcadia Britannica by Henry Bourne of British folklore is published by Thames and Hudson. @henrybourne

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