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The historic meets Hollywood in major Gainsborough Old Hall exhibition

13 March 2018

Iconic costumes worn by Hollywood stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench and Daniel Craig will feature in a spectacular new exhibition at Gainsborough Old Hall.

Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love

Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love

Historical Hall of Fame showcases outfits from major movies, including Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth and recent Oscar-winner Darkest Hour. There are also familiar pieces from TV favourites Poldark and Sharpe.

The exhibition opens on Friday 30 March and runs until Sunday 2 September, and will be complemented by a programme of special events.

Jon Hogan, public engagement manager, said: “Last year’s Wolf Hall exhibition went down really well with 10,000 visitors, so this year we’ve decide to go one better.

“We’ve managed to get our hands on 12 great costumes, like Aiden Turner’s Poldark uniform and Judi Dench’s costume from Shakespeare in Love.

“Many of these costumes are period pieces, and, of course, as a 500-year-old building, the Old Hall would have witnessed many of these fashions the first-time round.

“That makes it the perfect venue to showcase them, giving visitors a glimpse into life back then.

Robert Downey Jnr – Restoration

Robert Downey Jnr – Restoration

“This is going to be one of the best exhibitions we’ve ever had at the Old Hall - don’t miss it!”

The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition is included as part of general admission to the hall. Normal admission charges apply. Unique period-themed gifts will also be available to buy.

For more information on all Gainsborough Old Hall has to offer, visit

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