You Wear It Well

March 20th 2020
By: Melanie Hollidge

Living in Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford you will know all about how to wear things well. The proximity of the Epping Forest area to the centre of London ensures that plenty of style remains in the district. If you like a bit of local history you might be interested in visiting the You Wear It Well exhibition at the Epping Forest District Museum which can be found at 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL.

The exhibition draws on the museum’s collection that contains over 1,500 pieces of costume and accessories, spanning 500 years. Items on show range from a Tudor stocking to a 2012 Paralympic Gamesmaker Kit and from uniforms to ball gowns via buttons and badges. It has been open since January and is running until Saturday 2nd May.

Entry to You Wear It Well is free and is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am - 4 pm and then on Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm.

If you live in the Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford area this exhibition saves you the trip to the V& A, although you could get there easy enough on the greatChigwell, Loughton and Woodford public transport connections to central London. And it gives you the chance to peek into the process of curating and caring for costumes locally.

The museum is housed in a Grade II* listed Tudor building and is part of Epping Forest District Council and has been based there since 1981, it has just reopened after a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) redevelopment. In addition to the, You Wear It Well exhibit on at the Epping Forest District Museum tells the story of the Epping Forest district through its collections of over 50,000 objects including art, archaeology, photographs, social history, and documents. The museum has a delightful garden which is a beautiful open space featuring a beautiful mosaic commemorating the museum’s redevelopment.

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