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A HISTORIAN at the University of Chichester will exhibit her work on a 17th century clothing project.

Working with the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Dr Danae Tankard, a senior lecturer at the university, received funding for a collaborative project to make two replica 17th century outfits drawing on her documentary research on the clothing of the rural poor in 17th century Sussex.

The project has been documented in a short film made by Darren Mapletoft, a senior lecturer in media, which is in the final stages of production.

Her project, along with the Museum’s Historic Clothing Project, features in a small exhibition at the museum running from Monday until Sunday, May 26.

The exhibition will explore documentary and pictorial evidence of what men and women wore and how they acquired their clothing.

It will also look at the production of the clothing.

The exhibition is open from 11am until 5pm and entry is included in the normal museum admission price.