Retro clothes and Jamaican independence in pair of exhibitions at Walsall Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 27 November 2012
An image of an illustration of a fashion model wearing a stripey shirt during the 1950s
Two sartorial sisters are honoured in a major exhibition in Walsall© Courtesy Walsall Museum

Exhibition Previews: Jamaica 50, until December 1 2012; The Hodson Shop Collection, until December 5 2013, Walsall Museum, Walsall

The 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence takes a personal twist in Walsall, where the journeys visitors made to settle in the Midlands are told in a string of words, pictures, artefacts and memories from the 1950s and 1960s, accompanied by information on national heroes of Jamaica.

And in a fashion splurge, the full range of goods sold by the Hodson sisters – flogged at their Willenhall shop from the 1920s until the 1960s – is a retro trip full of period clothing.

Edith Hodson originally opened the shop in the front room of her family home. Her sister joined her a few years later, forming a formidable partnership when it came to dishing out clothing for women and children, haberdashery, soft furnishings and toiletries.

The museum saved the shop’s contents after Flora died in 1983, resulting in a natty take on the garbs ordinary people wore decades ago, whether it’s dresses, underwear, shoes or scarves.

  • Open 10am-5pm (4pm Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday). Admission free. Follow the museum on Twitter @walsallmuseum.
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