An occasional series – highlighting some of the museum’s incredible collection of costume and the excellent work of our NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) Volunteers…

c 1852 Day Dress (a photo taken for cataloguing purposes only)


Described as “A long blue and cream plaid dress with three quarter length sleeves. Front fastening to the waist with three linen buttons. Cape attached at neck”

Sir Walter Scott’s novels of the early nineteenth century had romanticized life in the Scottish Highlands and he was a great advocate for all things Scottish.  The romantic image of clan members in kilts and maidens in fields of heather charmed English ladies, including Queen Victoria. Tartans became very popular. Balmoral, built by Victoria and Albert in 1853, was furnished exclusively in tartans – carpets, curtains, upholstery – and Victoria herself wore tartans.


Queen Victoria in tartan