Dress in 1800s fashion at museum

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In this modern world, jeans, trainers and T-shirts are standard fashion for most people. However, back in the era when Charles Dickens lived in Portsmouth, fashion was completely different.

In the early 1800s, tailcoats and knee-length breeches worn over stockings were a common feature for men, while women wore high-waist Empire-style gowns.

Families can dress up in such attire and learn more about Portsmouth in Dickens’s day during a Dickens Family Workshop at the City Museum, Museum Road on Wednesday.

Once in costume, they can even act out their own dramas from Dickens’s most popular stories, during this free event which starts at 2pm as part of the city’s year-long Dickens bicentenary celebrations.