Glamour of Downton Abbey to go on show at South Yorkshire museum

9 July 2015......Christine McSweeney from Cosprop with the exhibits at the new exhibition of costumes from the ITV drama Downton Abbey which opens at Cannon Hall museum on Saturday. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/91d
9 July 2015......Christine McSweeney from Cosprop with the exhibits at the new exhibition of costumes from the ITV drama Downton Abbey which opens at Cannon Hall museum on Saturday. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/91d
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Fans of hit TV show Downton Abbey have a unique opportunity to see some of the costumes featured on screen in South Yorkshire.

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Garden in Cawthorne, near Barnsley is hosting a Downton exhibition which celebrates the style and fashion of the award-winning programme.

9 July 2015......Curator Jemma Conway with the exhibits at the new exhibition of costumes from the ITV drama Downton Abbey which opens at Cannon Hall museum on Saturday. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/91c

9 July 2015......Curator Jemma Conway with the exhibits at the new exhibition of costumes from the ITV drama Downton Abbey which opens at Cannon Hall museum on Saturday. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/91c

It features 21 iconic pieces, worn by characters such as Robert and Cora Crawley, Lord and Lady Grantham and Mrs Patmore.

The beautiful costumes have been lent to the Museum by Cosprop, the world’s leading costumier to film, television, and theatre.

The exhibition opens today and runs until Sunday, September 6.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council cabinet spokesman for place, said: “This looks set to be a wonderful exhibition.

9 July 2015......The exhibits at the new exhibition of costumes from the ITV drama Downton Abbey which opens at Cannon Hall museum on Saturday. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/91e

9 July 2015......The exhibits at the new exhibition of costumes from the ITV drama Downton Abbey which opens at Cannon Hall museum on Saturday. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1008/91e

“The magnificent setting of Cannon Hall will really bring the costumes featured in the hit series to life.

“Visitors will not only enjoy looking at the clothes on display, but also the many activities taking place throughout the summer.”

At the same time, visitors can also explore the lives of another, early 20th century upper-class family – the Spencer Stanhopes of Cannon Hall.

Visitors will be able to discover what life was like above and below stairs and explore the house in fine costume from a special dressing- up box.

And there will be other events and activities taking place throughout the exhibition, all with an Edwardian feel.

These include an illustrated lecture by Professor Marilyn Palmer, of Leicester University, on Sunday, July 26, looking at ways in which elements of comfort and convenience were introduced into Victorian and Edwardian country houses.

Other events include Cannon Hall’s largest ever picnic in the park on Sunday, August 2.

And on Thursday, August 13, Annie Gray, a historian, cook, broadcaster and writer, will talk about what dishes would have been served at the Downton table, both upstairs and downstairs.

For more information about the events, visit the hall’s website at www.cannon-hall.com or call 01226 790270.