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What's On > Fashion, Feminism and Feathers

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Venue details: Morning and Drawing room
Date: Thursday 13th September, 2018
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
Cost: 10
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy Tickets

Mary Miah and Tessa Boase for Luton Culture presents

Fashion, Fury and Feminism – the Women who Saved the Birds

Twelve years before the suffragette movement began grabbing headlines, a very different women’s campaign caught the public imagination. Its aim was simple: to save the birds from the cruel fashion for feathered hats.

This is the extraordinary story of the RSPB’s birth – the subject of Tessa Boase’s gripping new social history, Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather.

Join the author for a talk, and learn how the plumage trade operated, from the women who worked in it, the women who campaigned against it – and the women who wore the lavish hats. Curator Mary Miah will also be opening up old boxes of vintage milliners’ feathers – a unique chance to view the feather workers’ art.

There will be a q & a with Tessa Boase and book signing, with books available to purchase, after the talk.

Please be advised, there is no interval and the tea room will not be open.

Age guidance: 16+