LAWRENCE FESTIVAL: Families transformed into Edwardian servants

Launch of the DH Lawrence hiritage festival.
Launch of the DH Lawrence hiritage festival.

Families dressed in Edwardian clothing at the DH Lawrence Centre in Eastwood this week to get a taste of life when the famous writer lived in the town.

Visitors dressed in get-up from the early 1900s and were given a tour of the Birthplace Museum before trying their hand at the wash mangle as part of this year’s DH Lawrence Festival.

Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero also got involved, dressing as an Edwardian servant and carrying out tasks such as emptying a chamber pot, darning, repairing a rug and stocking the pantry.

She said: “As much as I enjoyed the tour, I have to say I’m delighted I wasn’t an Edwardian housewife because the couple of chores I did were hard enough!”

The Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Iris White officially opened the two-week festival at the Lawrence Centre last Thursday.

Brinsley Headstocks Festival then took place last Sunday, there was a concert at Colliers Wood and craft workshops held throughout the week where children built mini Edwardian towns.

The festival continues next week, starting with a vintage weekend this weekend.

A host of nostalgic, free events will take place tomorrow and Sunday, from arts and crafts to street theatre and mining heritage, all paying homage to Lawrence’s classic 100-year-old novel, Sons and Lovers.

Highlights will include a vintage craft fair, theatre performances by local school children, tours of the houses where Lawrence lived and a vintage bike display.

A film director will be appealing for local people to star as extras in an upcoming adaptation of Lawrence’s The Lost Girl, on Sunday, September 15.

Go along to the heritage centre at 1.30pm.

The Lawrence festival brings together a programme of over 70 events and activities between September 6 and 21.