Uniform exhibition at Mill Green Mill and Museum

PUBLISHED: 12:34 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 12 February 2018

Deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon cuts the ribbon.

Deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon cuts the ribbon.

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A new, interactive exhibition exploring uniforms worn across the borough has opened at Mill Green Mill and Museum.

Left to right: Emily Shepperson, museum curator, Linda Dobbs, museums manager, Paul Underwood, head of policy and culture at the council, Ka Ng, executive director; deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon and councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture. 
Picture: Welwyn Hatfield CouncilLeft to right: Emily Shepperson, museum curator, Linda Dobbs, museums manager, Paul Underwood, head of policy and culture at the council, Ka Ng, executive director; deputy mayor Barbara Fitzsimon and councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture. Picture: Welwyn Hatfield Council

Running until Sunday, May 13, the exhibition looks at the uniform history of local businesses in the borough, as well as school uniforms.

The exhibition is supported by local businesses and organisations including: Waitrose, John Lewis, and Girl Guiding Hertfordshire, lending a wide range of material from archive photographs to modern work wear.

The displays include examples of uniform from BAe in Hatfield, Murphy Radio in Welwyn Garden City, and even a Games Maker uniform from the London Olympics in 2012!

The exhibition links in to contemporary debates such as whether school uniform is a good thing or not.

The official opening of the exhibition took place on Thursday, February 8, and was attended by deputy mayor, councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, councillor Tony Kingsbury, council officers and museum staff.

Curator Emily Shepperson said: “We hope this exhibition will appeal to all ages and encourage conversations, and maybe even a debate or two on the best or worst uniform you ever wore.”

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture, said: “The exhibition looks at past and present uniforms for work and school, as well as clothes that we wear for leisure.

“It’s a really interesting way of learning about the past and seeing how the clothes we wear have changed over time – some for the better.”

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10am-5pm, and Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2pm-5pm.

Entry is £3.50 for adults and free for children.

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