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New exhibitions at Himley Hall offer fascinating glimpses into the past

Two new historical exhibitions are opening to the public at Himley Hall this weekend.


Both are free to visit and will run until June.

The first – titled Costume & Kit A Step Back in Time – will showcase a display of outfits used in historical re-enactments all over the country.

The costumes and equipment have been loaned to the Dudley Council venue by members of the Harvington Household, based at Harvington Hall, near Kidderminster.

They cover a wide number of historical periods including Saxon, early and late Medieval and early Tudor and Elizabethan. There will also be clothes and equipment on display relating to the English Civil War, Regency and Victorian periods, and the First and Second World Wars.

The second exhibition opening at the weekend will feature the work of local photographer Phil Loach.

Phil, born in Dudley, has spent most of his working life as a staff photographer for a range of local weekly newspapers. But he has also taken a number of personal pictures and his exhibition, titled A Time It Was, will showcase a number of the most memorable snaps dating back four decades.

Sally Newell, estate manager, said:

“We are delighted to be putting on these two fascinating exhibitions, which both offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.

“The Harvington Household regularly puts on displays and living history events all over the country using their own historic possessions. The Household is part of the team that received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016, which is the group equivalent of the MBE.

“As a newspaper photographer, Phil Loach has covered all manner of events and pictured all kinds of people.

“Alongside his press work, Phil has always taken personal photographs and this exhibition concentrates mainly on those images, from shoppers in a blizzard to kids making a playground out of a building site. They are the everyday subjects that attract his lens, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.

“Phil’s exhibition reflects one man’s viewpoint of people, places and events from just forty or so years ago, a time before ‘selfies’ were the norm.”

Both exhibitions open on Saturday.

The Costume & Kit exhibition will run at Himley Hall until Sunday June 25th.

Phil Loach’s A Time It Was exhibition is on display until Sunday June 11th.

Admission to Himley Hall and both exhibitions is free of charge. The Hall is open from 2pm to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday, and from 2pm to 5pm on Bank Holiday Mondays. 

Full details of Himley Hall & Park’s 2017 events and exhibitions are available on www.dudley.gov.uk/himleyhall

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