Volunteers at Pollok House in Glasgow will be donning period costumes and sharing their historical knowledge this summer as they showcase the Scottish Country House in Action. Running daily from 13 July until 31 October, the living history event is part of an innovative 3-year partnership between the Trust and Cardonald College Glasgow.
Students from the College’s HND Fashion Technology course have created period costumes, custom-made to fit Pollok House’s volunteers with the help of lecturer and former costume designer, Aileen Dunne.
The authentic Edwardian costumes have been created for visitors to see first-hand what life was like in 1900 -10 when Pollok House was in its heyday. The event is free for Trust members and included in the entry price for all non-members. Members get free entry to Pollock House and over 100 other sites in Scotland.
Event organiser Debbie Dalrymple said: This is a fantastic opportunity to see Pollok House bustling with those upstairs and downstairs. Through the beautiful, bespoke period costumes created by the talented students of Cardonald College Glasgow, we aim to give visitors a taste of the lifestyle they see acted out on TV every Sunday evening.
“And, as ever, no visitor will leave without learning some fascinating facts about life in Edwardian times – like why the family ate such a big meal and w Commenting, Jacqueline Farrell, Head of School for Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery at Cardonald College Glasgow, said:
“Producing period garments requires a great deal of skill and the experience of working on a live project with the National Trust for Scotland has been excellent for the students. I know they are very excited about seeing their costumes on the volunteers.” The volunteers at Pollok House have worked there collectively for over 50 years and are experts on the House. Visitors will have their questions answered by the characters themselves, from the Lord of the Manor and Lady of the House to the lowly chambermaid, who are played by the volunteers.
Pollok House is a Georgian country house modernised in 1900 and is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family. The present building dates from around 1752. It houses stunning Spanish artworks by the likes of El Greco, along with paintings by Blake, Nicholson and Guthrie. The house is set within Pollok Country Park, which is also home to the famous Burrell Collection.
The house is open daily from 09:00 - 17:00 and the Scottish Country House in Action event runs from 13 July until 31 October. Booking is not necessary – normal entry prices apply. Trust members enjoy free entry. Last entry to house 16.30
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