Don’t miss out on the ‘Dressed for Battle’ exhibition at Lotherton Hall

Caption: A 2012 Alexander McQueen coat is on display as part of the Dressed for Battle exhibition.

Time is running out to view a fantastic costume exhibition at one of the city’s most popular and historic houses.

As part of the ‘Dressed for Battle’ display at Lotherton Hall which is set to close on September 28, visitors can view a wide range of fashions that have both inspired and influenced the style of dress worn at home and abroad during wartime. Included in the collection are items dating from the Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815) up to the present day, which include an Alexander McQueen coat from his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

The closing of the exhibition will mark the beginning of an exciting refurbishment programme at Lotherton Hall that when completed, will make the house a major museum of fashion and textiles. The redevelopment will create an up to date 21st century gallery space; with modern cases, improved lighting and the chance to utilise technology, which will allow opportunities to include new elements like film and sound in the galleries.

As part of the planned work a new lift will also be installed so visitors can have full access to the much loved country house as well as the exciting modern exhibition spaces. The new Fashion Galleries are set to launch in March 2015, with the debut exhibition Age of Glamour showcasing fifties fashions and the rise of department stores.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"The Dressed for Battle exhibition at Lotherton Hall has proved to be extremely popular with visitors, and the great news is that there is still time to see the collection before it closes on September 28.

"A wide range of items from different centuries are on display, and the exhibition provides an interesting insight into how fashion has both changed and being influenced during wartime.

"While it will be sad to see Dressed for Battle close, it will mean that a refurbishment and revamp of our fashion galleries can begin, which is very exciting. A range of work is set to be undertaken and we can’t wait to see the final results when the new fashion galleries open in March 2015."

Notes to editors:

Lotherton Hall:

Lotherton Hall Estate is a charming Edwardian house and country estate. A single entrance price allows access to the house, with its wonderful collections of fine and decorative arts and a dedicated fashion gallery, and extensive grounds with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy. Lotherton Hall has undergone numerous changes over the last few years since becoming one whole visitor attraction. With this new and larger audience the house has adapted by improving access and introducing a new range of family-friendly facilities. Lotherton Hall has been displaying fashion since its early days of being a museum in 1968, showing fine examples of both historic and more contemporary fashions.

This redevelopment has been possible thanks to funding awarded from the Department for Culture Media and Sport, and Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund. Lotherton Hall is also supported by Arts Council England Major Partner Museum funding as part of Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB

Tel: 0113 378 2959

Email: lotherton.hall@leeds.gov.uk

Web address: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

See our member’s page for year round entry: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonmembers

Summer opening times (March to October) house, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 20:00.

Winter opening times (November to February) house, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 16:00 with last entry at 15:15. Estate gates: 08:00 to 18:00.

Please note from November 2014 to mid-March 2015 the house will have limited opening due to the refurbishment work, please check the website before you visit for the latest details.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk