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The Hodson Shop Collection
A lecture by Dr Jenny Gilbert
Start: 26th April 2019 8:00pm
Walsall Museum’s Hodson Shop Collection contains over 5,000 items of mass produced clothing shop stock. Following its discovery in 1983, it began a journey from piles of dirty old clothing to a renowned museum collection. This journey has not been straightforward, with the collection’s status fluctuating over the years. This talk introduces the collection, describes its history, raises important questions about the place of everyday clothing in museums and considers the risks facing collections in small local history museums.
Dr Jenny Gilbert is a lecturer in Design Cultures at De Montfort University, Leicester. She completed her PhD at University of Wolverhampton in 2016, which was an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award project. The research built a detailed biographical case study of the museum life of Walsall Museum’s Hodson Shop Collection. Jenny’s research focuses upon every day, and arguably mundane, experiences of dress, fashion and retail. She is currently working on a project exploring large clothing wholesale firms, operating in Birmingham 1900-1960. The project is set to include an exhibition, conference and education programme at Winterbourne House and Gardens in 2019. Jenny is passionate about sharing research, ideas and knowledge outside academia and has featured on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking and other BBC broadcasts.
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