Introduction to historical costume design

13 Jul 2024 – 14 Jul 2024

Regular hours

Sat, 13 Jul
11:00 – 17:00
Sun, 14 Jul
11:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Onsite £250 (£200 Members / concessions)

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Inspired by the BAFTA Award winning costume designs of John and Ann Bloomfield for the BBC’s TV production, The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), this two-day course will equip you with the skills used by historic costume designers to create your own original designs.


Led by an expert design tutor, you will create your own original costume designs in drawing and collage and learn more about the costumes that feature in the exhibition, Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII’s Queens. You’ll also hear from John Bloomfield himself, as he joins your workshop to introduce his working methods.

With Design tutor Natalia Stewart.

Ann and John Bloomfield first achieved widespread recognition with their groundbreaking work on The Six Wives of Henry VIII (BBC, 1970). Thanks to their ingenuity and artisanal skills, regal period costumes emerged from painted fabrics as well as everyday haberdashery and household items. With careers spanning over 40 years, they went on to work on a string of high-profile global productions, including Conan the Barbarian (1982), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and The Mummy (1999).

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