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Recent Posts

  • Snapshot: one working man’s clothing practices in 1840
    The Corn Laws, in place between 1815-46, were, in brief, tariffs on imported grain and food, designed to give domestic producers better prices for their produce, but in reality causing food prices to rise and distress and hunger for working people unable to produce food for themselves. As protests against the Corn Laws gained momentum,…
  • Bucks History Festival 2020
    Very excited and honoured to be part of the upcoming Bucks History Festival, 12th-13th September 2020.  Having grown up in Buckinghamshire, I know the county well. My podcast covers some basic questions about smocks including: Who wore smocks? What are they made of? When did people start wearing them? What colours are they? It also…
  • Cottagecore and the smock
    I wrote a few months ago about the popularity of smocking in current women’s fashion.  Now I have come to the conclusion that it is also re-entering male fashion, albeit in a very small way, at the moment anyway. This has been helped by ‘cottagecore’, a subcultural online movement, which expresses a yearning for the…

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