The Symposium 2013 in Norwich

Friday, July 5th 2013 –Sunday, July 7th 2013

The 2013 Symposium took place in the historic town of Norwich with a visit to the costume collection at its new home in the Norwich Castle Study Centre with its internationally renowned collection of Norwich shawls and over 5,000 accessories from 1600 to the present day.

The full programme may be viewed here


1. a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc.

2. an article or set of articles of dress, as gloves, earrings, or a scarf, that adds completeness, convenience, attractiveness, etc., to one's basic outfit.

Keynote Speakers:

Barbara Burman, Independent Academic.  The Pockets of History Project.

Veronica Main, Significant Collections Curator, Wardown Park Museum. Hats: A Hundred Years of Change Covering the period 1750-1850 we investigate Leghorn, crin, and bavolet, and the evolution of style as a result of European turmoil.

Dr Giorgio Riello, Professor of Global History and Culture, Warwick University.   The Art of The Shoe: The Poetry and Pornography of a Pedestrian Accessory.


  • Reticule 1800 - 1830 © Museum of London
  • Walking Stick 1730 - 1770 © Museum of London
  • Gas Mask Bag WWII © Museum of London
  • Shoe circa 1926 © Bridewell Museum
  • Stump Work © Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts