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A top hat and a family secret

Lomas, Clare (2011) A top hat and a family secret. In: Developments in Dress History, 8-10 December 2011, Brighton. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Lomas, Clare

This paper, a work in progress, considers the impact and repercussions that physical objects and the associated family stories have as they are passed down from one generation to another. Starting with a top hat which belonged to my paternal great grandfather from 1915, it utilises a material culture approach to analyse a gentleman’s item of dress from a personal family “archive” of objects, photographs and documents that belonged to the Wilkins family and by so doing seeks to construct a narrative from fragmentary evidence of a life lived and lost.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Object analysis, material culture, family history
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 10 December 2011
Event Location: Brighton
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 11:18
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 11:18
Item ID: 5162
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5162

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