Say ‘I do’ to Cannon Hall’s new exhibition: Tales of the wedding dress, handmade to world stage

As one of the region’s most unique wedding venues, Cannon Hall Museum, the stunning Georgian country house, is looking forward to the arrival of an original exhibition of spectacular wedding gowns.

On display in the Hall from Saturday, 8 April, visitors will be able to see beautiful dresses that showcase the immense talent of Barnsley’s seamstresses, both professional and amateur, over the decades. Each of the eight unique dresses tells a story of the creativity, resourcefulness and individuality of these women.

In rooms that saw the love story of Walter and Mary Spencer-Stanhope unfold, visitors will find fashions, traditions and personal stories behind locally hand crafted dresses as well as having the opportunity to see a collection of bridal costumes, worn by stars of major screen productions.

The dresses will guide people through the decades and the fashions that defined them.  Featuring beautiful creations, which range from a hand-knitted bamboo & silk yarn dress taken from a 1930’s pattern to a complete ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed ensemble from 2013. As well as the gowns themselves visitors will have a fascinating insight into the decisions that shaped their beginnings and discover the tales behind the women’s lives at the time of their marriage.

As well as these stylish designs from Friday, 26 May visitors will have an exclusive opportunity to see a selection of glamourous gowns previously seen on the big screen.  The pieces which are kindly on loan from Cosprop, the world’s leading costumier to film, television and theatre, includes dresses worn by Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in the recent ITV series, Helena Bonham Carter’s gothic gown from the 1994 film ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’, and Keira Knightley’s elegant costume from her film role as Georgiana in ‘The Duchess’, 2008.

As part of the exhibition, which will be on display throughout spring and summer, a whole range of activities will be taking place, guaranteed to suit all interests and past times.  They include workshops in buttonhole making, floristry, dancing and center piece making as well as fascinating talks.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “Cannon Hall is the perfect venue for this stunning exhibition as it has a fascinating history of love and romance. Ideal for a day out, visitors can explore the house, discover its stories, and take a walk in the award winning park lands as well seeing a beautiful display of dresses.”

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