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College welcomes Heritage Weekend walkers

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East Riding College Vice-Principal John Doris welcomed walkers to the College’s Flemingate campus on their Heritage Open Day Weekend Walk around Beverley.

The ‘out with the old and in with the new’ walk took walkers on a time-travelling tour of Beverley from 1120 to 2018, scaling the heights of St Mary’s church along the way, to see what was advertised as ‘probably the best view in Beverley’.  The walk was organised as part of the Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival and John Doris was on hand to show off a relatively new viewpoint – the spectacular vista of the Minster and the town’s rooftops from the conference room at the College’s Flemingate site which opened in 2015.

John was able to provide a unique insight into the history of Flemingate, having worked on the former industrial site.  John said, “In fact it’s an odd fact that my current office is only metres away from the location of my previous office in the old Hodgson factory.”

As part of Bridlington’s heritage weekend ex-East Riding College student Charlotte Hanson put on an exhibition of costume at the Morten Gallery at 12 High Street and The Toft in Bridlington Old Town. 

Charlotte, aged 27 from Bridlington now works at Bridlington Spa in technical theatre, which includes making costumes for touring shows. 

Charlotte left East Riding College when she was 20 with a BTEC in fashion and textiles and went on to study a degree in historical and performance costume for stage and screen at what was then Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough.

Charlotte’s exhibition for the heritage weekend included an elegant Marie Antoinette inspired dress based on an early portrait of the ill-fated queen of France.  Another creation was a detailed replica of a costume from The Draughtsman’s Contract for which Charlotte used her grandad as the model.  Both costumes were exhibited at Grade II listed house The Toft, which provided the perfect backdrop for the elaborate seventeenth and eighteen century designs.

Charlotte said, “I chose Marie Antoinette for one of my uni projects as I think she’s a bit of a babe, she’s quite cool.  I found a really early portrait of her and replicated the full outfit, the dress, the corset and underwear.”

The exhibition has proved so popular that it has remained open beyond the heritage weekend and is open for the rest of September (22-23 September and 29-30 September in the afternoons).  For access on weekdays and for school visits, contact the Alex May Gallery on 01262 409773.

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