Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Travels with my Aunt

The Springhill Costume Collection

Springhill is a 17th century Plantation home in mid-Ulster which is owned by the National Trust. It has an extensive costume collection which is displayed in the old laundry room and is changed regularly to portray different eras and aspects of life in the house. The day we visited was a sunny summer day that allowed us to take full advantage of the beautiful walled gardens and parkland. The children enjoyed the playground and exploring secret pathways leading to giant chairs and hideaways. We were keen to view the latest display in the costume gallery as it provided a respite from the heat as well as an insight into one of the most interesting events in Northern Ireland's history - the Titanic. The costumes were those worn by Eileen Lennox-Conyngham and her family when they travelled on the ill-fated ship. After reading Eileen's letter, written on board, we were glad to learn that they had disembarked at Cherbourg  before tragedy struck. We highly recommend a visit to Springhill as, alongside this elegant and informative display, it offers a great day out.

Joanna's outfit : Dress from Primark (old), shoes from M&S (old), yellow handbag from Tesco.

Camille's outfit : skirt from Internationale, striped top from H&M (old), shoes from River Island. 

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