The National Trust of Guernsey’s Costume Collection truly represents the social history of Guernsey from the 18th century to current day.
Sometimes, artefacts contain exciting links to the past and in this instance, the pockets of Mr. J. de G. Le Page’s three-piece suit as worn at the Prince of Wales’s visit to Guernsey on 24th July 1935, are a treasure trove for a snapshot in time.
This Pathé link shows the occasion and our photographs show tickets and cards linking straight to that day, way back in 1935.
The relevant Census shows the Le Page family living in the Village of Houmets, Castel with Mr. J. de G. Le Page recorded as an Employer and Farmer.
Most of our costumes have a story to tell.
When we receive costumes, a small amount of detail is mostly provided which always deserves research and time. In some cases though, the history is downright fascinating and rolls through generations and stories.
If textiles, research and Guernsey’s social history interest you, please be in touch. We are always looking to expand our friendly volunteer team, led by Costume Curator Caro Drake.
Please email: [email protected]