The Friends of Eastgate House has set up the costume project to create a range of replica period costumes for visitors to try on when the house re-opens in 2017. The costumes for women, men and children will be representative of clothing worn at the time Sir Peter Buck lived in the house - c1600-1630 and also the Victorian period - 1837–1901. This will include costumes for those who perhaps would have worked for Sir Peter as servants, and for those who might have been invited to join him and his family for dinner at Eastgate House.
The costumes will provide an immersive experience for visitors and really help to bring the history to life. They will add educational value for children and will also be useful to school groups. There are plans to create a designated area of the activity room on the ground floor where visitors can dress up in the costumes and have their picture taken.
There are also plans to create costumes specifically for volunteers who would like to wear a period costume when they greet visitors at the house and attend special events.
FoEH Sewing group
Some of the costumes will be created with the help of a group of volunteers led by our enthusiastic Chairman, Sue Haydock, and organised in association with Go-Sew, a small but enthusiastic group of seamstresses, knitters and craft makers that meet in Asda in Gillingham. The costumes are fairly simple and easy to make once the right materials have been found. To support the local community and to keep costs down we are recycling curtains, linens and clothing from charity shops that have the right weave, texture and colours for the period.
If you enjoy making costumes, or sewing or would like to learn how to sew then get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we will be looking to purchase costumes to augment those made by our volunteers.
This will include some items that are not easy to create by hand, such as hats and accessories and where the right material and trimmings are hard to acquire.
Funding the Costume Project
The costume project is being funded by the Friends of Eastgate House and will make a valuable contribution towards the house, its visitors and volunteers.
We will use existing funding as well as increase our fundraising activities to support the project.