Awards for corset making students

STUDENTS from Comet country who tried their hand at corset making were presented with certificates last night (Friday).

Seven pupils from Hitchin Girls School, Knights Templar School in Baldock and North Hertfordshire College collected their awards at Letchworth Museum after making corsets during a week-long course, many of which were inspired by corsets in the Hitchin and Letchworth Museum collections.

Their final replicas are now part of the North Herts Museums Service teaching collection and form part of an exhibition at Letchworth Museum which runs until Saturday.

The course and exhibition were funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the exhibition and replicas are available for community groups, talks and local display.

The presentation of certificates were made in conjunction with a free talk by Ian Chipperfield, the corsetry expert who led the course.

Mr Chipperfield discussed presentation at the court of Queen Victoria in 1888, based on information published in The Queen ladies newspaper.

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