Just over a week ago, one of my dreams came true. I am quite the nerd at heart and I have always wanted to go back in time and experience the era from the late 1800’s to World War 1. As you can imagine, I am a big lover of any tv show or movie portraying that time, especially Downton Abbey so when the beautiful people who run the Whitehern Museum in Hamilton opened their doors for the Downton Downtown festival, I practically ran to their gates.
Whitehern is a true gem in the middle of a big city, it is a stunning mansion built around 1850 that has been left in it’s completely original state. The McQuesten family donated the home and all of it’s contents to the city in 1968 to be used as a museum, and it is a true treasure for us history lovers.
The Downton Downtown festival was such a unique experience, it truly felt like you had stepped back in time. While tours of the house were on offer, the grounds of the museum were filled with old fashioned activites and vendors selling either authentic vintage or inspired goods. There was jewellery, books and novelties, old homewares and typewriters and examples of Victorian culture. They even had the Great British Bake food truck on hand to supply afternoon tea and snacks.
The day long event was hosted by the staff of the museum who were all dressed in period costume and even some of the guests came in their Downton best. It was amazing to see so many people come together to bring history to life.
The night was capped off with an amazing vintage inspired bridal fashion show hosted by Blackbird Sudios. The show featured 12 stunning one of a kind dresses that you would not be able to find in a modern bridal shop. All of the gowns were incredibly beautiful and it was amazing to see the intricate details and vintage touches that were put into each dress. It was a wonderful show and I really enjoyed myself.
It was a beautiful night and I feel like I spent the evening in 1912, a dream come true. I really hope this becomes an annual event. Now I’m off to go watch more Downton Abbey!