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Museum Talk: Spangles, Slashing & Splendour

with Hannah Marples
30 June 2023

Join us for a free museum walk and talk with Hannah Marples, Historic Costumer and Museum Coordinator.

In this talk, Hannah will take you on a guided tour to see portraits on display in The Portland Collection. Learn how people decorated their clothes with spangles, slashing and embroidery and what clues this gave us about their lives.


Hannah Marples

Hannah Marples

Hannah’s passions lie within historical costume, embroideries, and tech. She has made historical costumes for film, TV and museums which include The National Civil War Museum and Leeds Royal Armouries. She has appeared in the BBC4 television series A Stitch in Time.

Hannah undertakes costume commissions, digitizes patterns for The Tudor Tailor books (The Typical Tudor and The King’s Servants), and also sells her printed fabrics and historically inspired textiles and embroideries on Etsy.

She is a Museum Coordinator at the Harley Foundation and has been a tour guide on the Welbeck Abbey State Room Tours.



Image: Detail, Thought to be Frances Howard, Countess of Essex, George Geldorp, Early 1620s © Harley Foundation, The Portland Collection

Booking Information

Tickets to this talk are free.

Friday 30th June, Midday.

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Bookings are open for general admission from 1 June 2023.

Meet for this talk in the Harley Museum.