If you love period dramas, then you won’t want to miss the latest exhibition coming to Wentworth Woodhouse this autumn.
On Location will include a collection of 24 historically inspired costumes that were worn by actors in popular films and TV shows that have been filmed at Wentworth Woodhouse.
From the provincial country wear and bonnets worn in Wives and Daughters to the masculine and strong silhouettes of Gentleman Jack and Prince Albert’s regalia from Victoria, the exhibition will showcase a mixture of garments in the first-floor state rooms.
The team at Wentworth Woodhouse have worked extensively with TV and film costume companies, Angels London and Cosprop London, to bring this collection to the house. Visitors will be able to see the exceptional craftwork of costume designers up close in these dramatic and authentic outfits.
Seeing these costumes of fictional characters in a setting such as Wentworth Woodhouse will make visitors think of the Fitzwilliam family who once lived there, the lifestyles they lived, and how their dress reflected their activities and responsibilities.
The true story of Wentworth Woodhouse and the Fitzwilliam family has been dubbed South Yorkshire’s Downton Abbey. Indeed, the grand marble saloon was used to shoot the Royal ball scene from the 2019 feature film. Some standout Downton Abbey pieces include Edwardian style outfits worn by Lord and Lady Grantham, a piece worn by the Dowager Countess, and a 1920s flapper dress worn by Lady Mary Crawley.
Another stunning piece sure to catch the attention of visitors is the pink gown with lace collar worn by Jenna Coleman in Victoria. This gown was recreated to embody the one Queen Victoria wore when visiting the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851, where she would have seen the eight-foot column of Barnsley Seam coal from Elsecar that the Earl Fitzwilliam was presenting.
The exhibition will also have costumes from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel, and the Netflix crime drama The Irregulars.
Wentworth Woodhouse’s digital team have also created a short film explaining what it’s like to host these huge productions at the house, which will be on display in the exhibition.
Access to the exhibition, which opens on Tuesday 19th September and runs until Sunday 5th November, is included in the house and garden entry price which is £12.50 for adults and free for children.
To book tickets visit www.wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk