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The Bristowe hat

A to look at a rare survival from the Tudor era ‒ the Bristowe hat.

In this video Sally meets Eleri Lynn, the Curator of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Historic Royal Palaces, to look at a rare survival from the Tudor era ‒ the Bristowe hat.

Eleri explores how the hat came in to the Historic Royal Palaces’ collection and shows us the curatorial clues she found to confirm its provenance as a hat from the Tudor court.

We see the hat close up and get to explore how it was made, the materials it was made from and the luxurious decorations that would ensure its wearer in the Tudor court stood out and their status could be seen by everyone.

  • How does this hat differ from the hats worn by Henry VIII in some of the portraits we have seen?
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