Women’s experiences in First World War explained through fashion talk at Peterborough Cathedral

Lucy Adlington giving a talk about Great War fashion at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-151024-181358009

Lucy Adlington giving a talk about Great War fashion at Peterborough Cathedral EMN-151024-181358009

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Visitors to Peterborough Cathedral last Saturday may have noticed some unusually dressed mannequins in the North Transept.

The reason was a presentation by Lucy Adlington about the experiences of women during the First World War as reflected in their clothing.

Lucy, a writer, costume historian and actress, runs the History Wardrobe series of costume-in-context presentations across the country. Her talks span 200 years of women’s history through fashion.

The audience in Peterborough heard from Lucy about Great War Fashion. The talk was a journey into the experiences of women who lived under the shadow of war and who were irrevocably changed by it, shown through the changing clothes of the war years.

The talk was the last in a series of events at the cathedral commemorating heroic nurse Edith Cavell who went to school at Laurel Court, a building within the precincts.