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What Cambridge wore

Discover how down the centuries, the townspeople and the students clothed themselves, as well about the number of tailors and outfitters.

Saturday 10 September
Down the centuries, the townspeople clothed the students, as well as themselves, and Cambridge was well supplied with tailors and outfitters. But the University authorities didn’t always approve of what the students wore in their attempts to keep up with fashion. There were many complaints and regulations. Dress indicated status, and Lord Byron’s gold-trimmed academic gown was very different from Coleridge’s ‘half-left-off’ rag. Before you explore the historic buildings, come see what the historic people – students and townspeople – were wearing, and who provided it. Honor Ridout has been successively student, town employee, University employee, Blue-badge guide and an adult history tutor.


Honor Ridout | talks


Date and Time:

10 September 2011 at 10:30 am


1 hour



The Pitt Building
Trumpington street

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Organised by:

University of Cambridge Community Affairs
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