Pauline shows her knickers off

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Curator showing historic costume to visitors

Pauline shows visitors some 1930s French knickers

Corsets and crinolines from the costume collectionCorsets and crinolines from the costume collection

This afternoon Pauline Rushton, curator of costume and textiles, gave visitors a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes with a talk on 'Grandma's underwear'.

During the talk, which looked at how women's underwear has changed over the years, Pauline showed examples of corsets, crinolines, drawers and knickers from the costume collection dating from 1770 up to the late 20th century.

It was quite an eye opener to see just how many complicated items of clothing a well dressed lady would have had to put on in the 18th and 19th centuries. However when we went out into the cold afterwards a few of us did envy how warm they would have been underneath all those layers.

Pauline is hoping to give another in-focus talk about the costume collection early next year, so keep an eye on the What's on pages for further details.