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Book Review: Life In Hull From Then Till Now by Kay Pearson: A Fascinating Look Back on Women’s Lives.

Kay Pearson loved music throughout her life, playing piano in music halls, theatre, dance halls and people’s homes. Her book was published in 1978 after a feature about her life in the Hull Daily Mail. She was asked to finish the book, people as tickled by her story as the ivories Kay played from childhood. […]

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A black and white traditional diagram and illustration of a Singer treadle sewing machine E 5453 with parts labelled.
20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Modern History | Oral History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

Oral History: Witness2Fashion’s Memory Of Using Treadle Sewing Machines

Recently we’ve been chatting to the person behind the fantastic blog Witness2Fashion  about all things ‘treadle sewing machine.’  Based in California you might expect a difference between the UK / Hull Yorkshire but I was struck by how similar they were. Treadles have the same charm wherever you were in the world when you sat and […]

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A circular colored logo. Inside are two men one wearing a blue suit and another wearing a yellow suit. Around the edges it says Three Day Millionaires. DVD by Historian Dr Alec Gill MBE. The photo has the street name Hessle Road added.
1960s Fashion | 1960s History UK | 1970s History UK | 20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | Fashion History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Modern History | Oral History | Social History

Hull Social History: 3 Day Millionaires DVD by Dr Alec Gill

“My Dad was a skipper on the trawlers and if he’d had a good catch, he’d take Mum out and spend the money on her,” said Lynn. “Oh! A 3 Day Millionaire,” I said. “A what?” came the reply. “3 Day Millionaire,” I said. When there was no response from the other side, “um. When […]

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A black and white photo taken in 1968. A group of women walk purposefully along a street in Hull. They are all wearing coats and head scarves. At the front is Lillian Bilocca, the person leading the protest. Next to her is a policeman.
1960s History UK | 1970s History UK | 20th Century History | Historic Research | Kingston Upon Hull History | Modern History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

Social History 1968 to 1969: The Headscarf Protest, Fashion Inertia and The Years Of Change

The Headscarf Revolutionaries by Brian Lavery had been on the must-read list since the early days researching the House of Mirelle. From information about Hull’s Headscarf Protest I turned to the history of the fishing industry and the Cod Wars. Lavery’s book sketched in the details in a work of such imagination and feeling, history came […]

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20th Century Fashion | 20th Century History | Historic Non Fiction | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | Textile and Fabric History

Social History: The Orphaned Singer Sewing Machine, Sewing Workrooms and The Culture Of Sewing Book

This week Harvard’s online Magazine published an article about a treadle sewing machine. The title was An Orphaned Sewing Machine and it was written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The link’s there if you’d like to read it. Ulrich and her colleague Ivan Gaskell were given an old Singer treadle sewing machine as a means of teaching […]

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A Victorian building painted blue with the words The Hull Braves' Guild in blue writing above the windows at street level. From Hull.
Kingston Upon Hull History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

Hull History: Save The Hull Braves Guild Building From Demolition

Social media is a powerful thing and the Hull History Facebook pages are no exception, particularly for community action.  Jane Hitchin started a post on the Facebook page Old Hull  about saving a building that’s been on Hull’s skyline since the 19th century; the Hull Braves’ Guild. The picture at the top was of a wonderful […]

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Albion Street 1939. Looking down the road towards The Hull Royal Infirmary, a large brick air raid shelter sits in the middle. Some people walk along the left side. The clock says it's 25 to 8 a.m.
Historic Non Fiction | Hull City Of Culture 2017 | Kingston Upon Hull History | Photographs | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle | The Hull Blitz

Hull History: Picture Research Albion Street In 1939 and The Hull Blitz

In 1911 when Editor Tess Flanders said: “use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words,” she’d hit the nail on the head about the soon-to-be popularity of photography, videos and visual media that floods our lives today. A picture does speak a thousand words and picture research – looking at them closely and researching what […]

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A black and white photo of 3 women wearing long 1930s style gowns and hats. Each are the same length but with different designs and fabrics. They stand in garden in Hull. Elaine on the far right wears a long white dress possibly for a debutante ball.
1930s Fashion | 1940s Fashion | Fashion History | Historic Non Fiction | History Of Fashion Modelling | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

Hull History: Model Florence Elaine Wiberg; The Start Of A Fashionable Family In 1930s Hull

“Aunt Freda is on the left – she was the oldest of 6 children and mother is on the right,” says Louise MacFarlane, “Aunt Dor [Doris] in is the center.” Louise MacFarlane is the daughter of 1930s model Florence Elaine Wiberg, known as Elaine. She was perfectly placed in 1930s Hull to be spotted and […]

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Betty Bartlett, Hull Dressmaker marries in 1942 wearing a knee length Turquoise dress she made herself, matching her red hair.
1940s Fashion | 1950s Fashion | 1970s Fashion | Fashion History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle

Beatrice Betty Bartlett, Dressmaker: 40 Years Of Design and Dressmaking In Hull, UK

Anne Kettley talks of her mother’s dressmaking skills with pride: “she didn’t know how to do anything else,” she explains, “but working at the House Of Mirelle must have been the start of it all.” “She couldn’t do embroidery, knitting or tapestry, all she could do was designing and making clothes. “We never had to […]

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A black and white photo taken at a wedding. Marie marries in 1952 wearing a light blue wedding dress designed and made at Elsie Battle, Hull. The dress is a halter neck and the design was based on the wedding dress of Lady Mountbatten.
1950s Fashion | Fashion History | Historic Non Fiction | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History | The House Of Mirelle | Vintage Fashion

Hull Fashion History: The House Of Mirelle Wouldn’t, So I Had My Wedding Dress Made By Elsie Battle Instead. A Story From 1952.

“I was born and worked in Hull,” says Marie Jubb as she starts her story. “I worked in a small office in a very big society on Lowgate but my bank was 3 or 4 doors away from The House Of Mirelle.” “I was a Jaeger girl, I loved their clothes. Working in the office I had […]

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A color photo showing a pink Vintage dressmaking zip by Lightning. 3 different types of dressmaking pin holders are nearby, one from Kirby Steel which cost 1 shilling and 3 pence - it is before 1971.
1940s Fashion | Fashion History | History of Sewing Dressmaking and Tailoring | Hull Retail History | Kingston Upon Hull History | Oral History | Public History | Social History

Hull History: Jackson’s Tailors In Whitefriargate Hull – Dressmaking Pins For A Farthing Change

An Hullensian called Alison had an interesting snippet of information. She said: “I don’t know if this is relevant but my Mum said if you bought something from a fashion house or haberdashers and your change was a farthing or a ha’penny, the assistant would ask you if you would ‘like to take pins’ instead […]

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Talks and Lectures

THE HOUSE OF MIRELLE HULL 1938-1978 Forty Years Of Fashion History Want to learn more about the history of The House of Mirelle in an interactive talk or teaching session?  The session includes research into Mirelle and Oral History – the voices of those who’ve contributed to the archive ‘in their own words.’ Subject areas […]

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