The Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes - Author Talk and Book Signing

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Promoter: The Bookshop on the Green
Venue: Selly Manor Museum

In 1838, a young woman is given a diary on her wedding day. Collecting snippets of fabric from a range of garments - some her own, others donated by family and friends - she carefully annotated each one, creating a unique record of their lives.

Her name was Mrs Anne Sykes.

Nearly two hundred years later, the diary fell into the hands of Kate Strasdin, a fashion historian and museum curator. Using her expertise, Strasdin spent the next six years unravelling the secrets contained within the album's pages.

Her findings are remarkable. Piece by piece, she charts Anne's journey from the mills of Lancashire to the port of Singapore before tracing her return to England in later years. Through the evidence of waistcoats, ball gowns and mourning outfits,Strasdin lays bare the whole of human experience in the most intimate of mediums: the clothes we choose to wear.

Kate Strasdin is a lecturer in Cultural Studies at Falmouth University and is a freelance consultant for dress and textile exhibitions.

Kate Strasdin


  • Ticket with signed book
  • Ticket for entry only
  • Signed book (not coming in person to event)