Workshops and Lectures


Sewing Machine Maintenance workshop

Spend time with Mr Tim, The Sewing Machine Doctor, and learn how to maintain a sewing machine – you’ll have it purring like a kitten!

Time: 12 pm to 12:45 pm

Price: £5.00 per person

Pretty’s from Pretty & Son of Ipswich

Did you know we had the most amazing Corset Factory in Ipswich? Join local historian Roger Kennell, to take us through the fascinating history of William Pretty and Son of Ipswich, in business from 1858 to 1982. As you can imagine ‘foundation’ garments really can reflect the political atmosphere and social changes of the time in which they are worn. How did the rise of Flappers in the 1920s affect the business? What happened to the factory in the Swinging Sixties and the strengthening of the Women’s movement? I simply cannot wait to hear all about it and have the chance to inspect the garments and original photographs and paraphernalia he will be bringing with him.

Time: 1 pm to 2 pm

Price: £5.00 per person

Feathery fun – make a feathery cocktail piece

Join Sarah Valentine, of Scarlett Valentine Millinery, to create a small cocktail headpiece (on a provided base) or corsage. Sarah will demonstrate the preparation and manipulation of different types of feathers. She will show you how to assemble and attach the feathers to a base and then decorate with veiling, lace, brooches, beads, crystals – to your taste. Involves hand sewing. Includes all resources to make one head piece as well as tea/cake!

Time: 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Price: £40.00 per person

Hair Raid Shelter – a lively demonstration and interactive lecture about vintage style hair and make-up

Led by Hair Raid Shelter – professional vintage hair and make-up stylists. Learn lots of top tips for dealing with your ‘do’ and receive insider information on the styles and changes of women’s hair fashion in the mid-20th Century. These fabulous ladies will also be bringing their extensive collection of hair styling ephemera for you to acquaint yourself with and there will be a requirement for models to showcase the techniques!!

Time: 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Price: £5.00 per person