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Rigid ruffs and flamboyant frills go down well at Newbury's historic Shaw House




Visitors are exploring the history of Shaw House through the new costume exhibition Dressed for Shaw and admiring the recognisable ruffs of Elizabethan England, the flamboyant frills of the Georgian gentleman and the weathered wool of the Edwardian era.

It is showing alongside the Dressed for Battle Civil War exhibition, with displays of arms and armour from the Littlecote House collection currently on loan from the Royal Armouries Museum.

There are free interactive activities for younger visitors and information booklets to buy for those who want to learn more about our local heritage.

Visitor services officers Sarah Somerville and Gabriella Titcomb
Visitor services officers Sarah Somerville and Gabriella Titcomb

Free children’s trails are available from reception and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the Grade II-listed grounds – dogs on leads can go along too.

Shaw House is open every weekend 11am to 4pm until Sunday, September 26, and on weekdays during the school summer holidays from 10am to 4pm. There are events from family friendly theatre to pre-ordered picnics in the grounds. Visit www.westberkshireheritage.org.uk/whats-on

*Check the website for opening hours – Shaw House will be closed for a small number of private events. https://www.westberkshireheritage.org/shaw-house/plan-your-visit

Entry to Shaw House is free, donations welcome.

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