Free event celebrates the value of remaking, repurposing and repairing clothing

Giving clothes a new lease of life will be the focus of a free event this autumn hosted by the University of Chester and partners as part of the national Being Human festival.

Dr Rebecca Collins, Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Deborah Wynne, Professor of 19th-Century Literature, both from the University, and Holly Kirby from the National Trust, will host the event on Saturday November 19 exploring ways of breaking through our unsustainable relationships with garments in the 21st century.

An Archive of Stitches – The Living Histories, Geographies, and Biographies will be held from 11am to 3pm at The Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC) Gallery, in the Forum Shopping Centre, Northgate Street, Chester.

Dr Collins, also of the Pop-Up Patch Challenge Team, said: “We invite people to come along and celebrate the value of remaking, repurposing, and repairing clothing. We will consider the value of garment making and mending skills and participants will be encouraged to join discussions about the lives, histories and geographies of their clothes.”

The event will involve a hands-on garment repair workshop led by Dr Collins, providing the opportunity to learn how to do simple clothing repairs. Holly Kirby, Assistant Curator, will also talk about caring for a major historic costume collection at the National Trust’s Attingham Park in Shropshire.

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The Being Human festival takes place from November 10 to 19, 2022, from Dundee to Devon, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with generous support from Research England, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see:

For more details on all the events hosted by the University as part of the festival, please visit:

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