The name given to the tight trousers worn by some Regency gentlemen, such as the notorious Beau Brummell and his ‘dandy’ followers, as they showed off their leg muscles.
In Praise of the High Street
Remember your High Street. They have supported their communities for hundreds of years!
In 2020, as we all were thrown into a world where simply going shopping became a rare occurence and we struggled to get some basic things we had always taken for granted, traders up and down the UK stood forwards to help out, making up food parcels to collect, turning their everyday work around to provide meals and other necessities for the vulnerable and a host of other caring services, whilst others were left unable to work, missing the daily banter of High Street life. We all learnt that ‘shop local’ was something we needed to do. Now we are able to move as we please, shop where we like, we felt it important to give praise to our High Street – honour those who have helped their community through the pandemic in so many ways.
This exhibition is a collaboration with photographer Alex Ramsay, who, struck by the old images of the High Street in our Community Collection, took it upon himself to document the traders today. We have complimented this with photographs from our archive and objects from traders of the past, from shopping bags and receipts, to a huge gas light fitting that once hung above a shop doorway. There are information cards on each High Street property to explore too.