Liddell Hart Study Day: Saturday 14th November, Aldham Robarts Library


Press cutting, 1923

Free tickets for this event are now available. To book a place, please register on our Eventbrite site here.

On Saturday 14th November we are hosting a study day for anyone interested to come and learn more about the collection. The Liddell Hart Collection is a highly individual fashion archive, which can be used in the study of fashion history, but is also relevant to feminism, psychology of dress and the social scene and society at the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth century.  It contains some delightful books of drawings by famous illustrators such as Charles Dana Gibson, Mars and Guillaume.  There are approximately 350 books in the collection, scrapbook material of cartoons, poems and cuttings on modes and manners of the nineteenth century, folders of original early coloured fashion plates and many other interesting items.

Image from Harper's Bazaar, August 1950

Image from Harper’s Bazaar, August 1950

The Liddell Hart Collection of Costume was donated to Liverpool Polytechnic in 1978 and is now one of the most popular collections in our Special Collections and Archives department. It is well used by staff for research and teaching, students for project work and by visiting researchers.

The study day will run from 10am – 4pm in the Aldham Robarts Library and lunch will be provided. There will be a mix of short talks and discussions on topics including the fashions of 1948, the 1960s, Mondrian Dress, how museums and galleries can use fashion archives and how fashion is covered in the press. There will be opportunities to browse the collection and discuss how it could be made more accessible for future activities.

The Aldham Robarts Library is located just off Maryland Street, Liverpool, about 15 minutes walk from Lime Street or Central Stations. The nearest public car park is Mount Pleasant.


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