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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
Group discount: Buy 10+ and save 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.

Age guidance: 16+