During the Victorian era the practice of public mourning became very popular. Funerals would be as elaborate as the mourners could afford. Some saw large processions led by black horses wearing black ostrich feathers and pulling the hearse. Memento mori, tokens to remember the deceased, were gifted to the chief mourners. Such tokens could include photographs of the deceased. Or a piece of jewellery or a picture made from the deceased’s hair.
Mourners wore mourning dress. Different rules on what to wear and for how long applied depending on who you were mourning. A widow was expected to stay in mourning for two years, wearing black and purple clothing known as “widow’s weeds”.
In this video, Collections Assistant Decorative Arts Madeleine Gray, takes a closer look at a selection of Victorian mourning bonnets from the collection.
Curator’s Choice – A Venetian Soldino in Lincolnshire
A closer look at Venetian soldino in the Museums collection.
Curator’s Choice – Atkinson’s Illustrations
A closer look at the drawings of Alfred Atkinson for the Brigg Court of Sewers.
Curator’s Choice – Bill’s Letters to Home
A closer look at a series of letters sent by William ‘Bill’ Smith to his fiancé Evelyn Goodacre.
Curator’s Choice – Boy’s Dresses
A closer look at the clothes worn by Rowland Winn, 1st Baron St Oswald as a small boy.
Curator’s Choice – Fowler’s Mosaics
A closer look at William Fowler of Winterton’s engravings of mosaics.
Curator’s Choice – Magnificent Moths
A closer look at the Museum’s moth collection.
Curator’s Choice – Reverend Parkinson’s Waistcoat
A closer look at the Reverend Parkinson’s waistcoat.
Curator’s Choice – Riley’s Crisp Factory
A closer look at Scunthorpe’s Riley’s Crisp Factory.
Curator’s Choice – Stukeley’s Itinerarium Curiosum
A closer look at William Stukeley’s book, the Itinerarium Curiosum.
Curator’s Choice – The Flintlock Flint
A closer look at gunflints.
Curator’s Choice – The Thresher
A closer look at the threshing machine.
Curator’s Choice – The Unassuming Plough Pebble
A closer look at Medieval plough pebbles.
Curator’s Choice – The Wroot Axe
A closer look at the Neolithic Wroot Axe.