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I though tonight would be my chance to have tea with my Mr Thornton, exchange recipes with Mrs Patmore, inquire of the White Queen if Richard III really was as horrible as were are to believe or ask Mr Darcy on a date.
historyAlas, no such luck!But I had a good time anyway: my friend Nancy and I went to the opening of the new exhibition History@TheMovies at the St Peter’s Abbey, which takes place until 10 April next year, and got to see some exquisite frocks and suits from British costume dramas.

After work, we went for dinner at one of our favourite brasseries in town:  Jacob. We spoiled ourselves with a nice meal, some drinks and a lot of chit chat.

Around 7 pm we arrived at the St Peter’s Abbey. They had even rolled out the red capet for us 🙂 !

After the obligatory speeches, we were among the first to have a look at the costumes, film clips and stills from historic films and television series.
Sitting in your armchair at home watching these films and series and being in awe of the costumes is one thing. Seeing them from up close is quite something else. I got emotional when I stood in front of some exhibits from series and films I have loved watching.
Some of the series this exhibition focusses on are Downton Abbey, The Tudors, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and the White Queen.

All this made me determined to watch some of them again the coming months.

If you are in Ghent between now and 10 April next year and you like costume dramas, be sure not to miss this exhibition.

Next Thursday is Museum Night in Ghent and there is a Downton Abbey marathon at the St Peter’s Abbey. Guess who’ll be going?

Time for bed now. But not before sharing some pictures with you. Night night.




The White Queen


The Tudors

Jane Austen – General pictures

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice – Suit Colin Firth wore (left)


Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility – Frocks worn by Emma Thompson (left) and Kate Winslet (right)

Casanova – Suit worn by Heath Ledger


Downton Abbey – General pictue


Downton Abbey – Frocks worn by Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil) in the left picture – Frocks worn by Shirley MacLaine (Martha Levinson), Elisabeth McGovern (Countess of Grantham) and Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess of Grantham) in the picture on the right

Daniel Ratcliffe’s costume from David Copperfield & Meryl Streep’s dress from Thr French Lieutenant’s Woman


This is a dress Cate Blanchet wore in Elizabeth


Costumes from The Duchess worn by Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes

From The King’s Speech: clothes made for Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth


From one of my favourite series ever: The House of Eliott. In the right picture: dresses for Miss Evie (Louise Lombard, on the left) and Miss Bea (Stella Gonet, on the right)

There was even a room where you could try on some hats. Never mind the head under them 🙂


And of course. No exhibition without a shop. Here’s some of the things on sale. I especially liked Pride and pudding, a cook book (what else). But I was wise enough not to buy anything. I couldn’t really. My bookshelfs are already bending.


Pictures: the pictures in the first paragraph are from the internet, I found them here, here, here and here. All other pictures were taken by me at the exhibition.


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