Personal narrative and historical collections

At times, historical garments in museum collections are accompanied by personal statements of their owners or witnesses of the events at which they were worn. Such statements and opinions can usually be extracted from personal letters, diaries, reports, published memoirs and newspaper articles. 

An interesting example of such an approach was used in the ‘Victoria Revealed’ exhibition at Kensington Palace in London. Excerpts from the Queen’s journal and letters accompany the collection of her dresses, providing a personal insight into the extraordinary life of this woman. 

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