In the late 1800s Emily Clapham opened a dress-making salon in Hull. She was (and perhaps still is) very well known, and had a reputation for being a fine dress-maker with a very successful business – she even went on to make dresses for royalty! Take inspiration from the Madame Clapham costume collection at the Hands on History Museum before designing and decorating your own fashion drawing.
The museum is open from 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm every second and fourth Saturday of each month. The Hands on History Museum, in the old Grammar School where William Wilberforce studied, houses the story of Hull and its people. Entry to the museum is free. Hands on History includes a fascinating glimpse into Victorian times, the Story of Hull and also features the Egyptian Gallery. This gallery is home to a genuine 2,600 year old mummy and unique replicas of King Tutankhamen’s treasures.
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