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Durham brings immersive ‘Downton Abbey’ exhibit to museum



It’s a step into the 20th Century, taking you to the front doors of the Highclere Castle in England, or as fans know it ‘Downton Abbey.’ “Based on this fictional family, the Crawley family they are an aristocratic English family. And it is based on them,” Communications Director at the Durham Museum, Jessica Brummer said. Complete with 35 original costumes worn by the case, Brummer said the Durham is offering an immersive look into the show through the exhibit, ‘Dressing the Abbey.’ “Depicting how society was changing, how the different classes were treated and how they had to dress differently. What your clothes meant about you,” she said. The exhibit starts in the year 1912, when the show begins. “The sinking of the Titanic, then we have several seasons, where World War 1 is taking effect, then we have the dawning of the Jazz Age,” Brummer said. Downton Abbey super fans go through each time period as the year changes so do the clothes. “You see these Victorian dresses that were worn, but then we see the shift to like the flapper dresses and the shorter dresses and shorter hair,” she said. Brummer said it’s one of the most popular TV dramas, it may be fictional but because of the versatile plot, the show hooks both the historian and the binge-watcher. “That pop culture impact of what this show meant. But I think, this show in particular, because of its strong tie to the history in England, Brummer said. The exhibition will be on display starting Sept. 24 until Jan. 8. Before the show opens you can catch a sneak peek Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Guests can ballroom dance, play croquet, do a scavenger hunt and more. For more information head to durhammuseum.org.

It’s a step into the 20th Century, taking you to the front doors of the Highclere Castle in England, or as fans know it ‘Downton Abbey.’

“Based on this fictional family, the Crawley family they are an aristocratic English family. And it is based on them,” Communications Director at the Durham Museum, Jessica Brummer said.

Complete with 35 original costumes worn by the case, Brummer said the Durham is offering an immersive look into the show through the exhibit, ‘Dressing the Abbey.’

“Depicting how society was changing, how the different classes were treated and how they had to dress differently. What your clothes meant about you,” she said.

The exhibit starts in the year 1912, when the show begins.

“The sinking of the Titanic, then we have several seasons, where World War 1 is taking effect, then we have the dawning of the Jazz Age,” Brummer said.

Downton Abbey super fans go through each time period as the year changes so do the clothes.

“You see these Victorian dresses that were worn, but then we see the shift to like the flapper dresses and the shorter dresses and shorter hair,” she said.

Brummer said it’s one of the most popular TV dramas, it may be fictional but because of the versatile plot, the show hooks both the historian and the binge-watcher.

“That pop culture impact of what this show meant. But I think, this show in particular, because of its strong tie to the history in England, Brummer said.

The exhibition will be on display starting Sept. 24 until Jan. 8. Before the show opens you can catch a sneak peek Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Guests can ballroom dance, play croquet, do a scavenger hunt and more. For more information head to durhammuseum.org.



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