The Poplar clothing project (2012/2013) is a collaborative project between the University of Chichester and the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, funded by the University of Chichester. The purpose of the project has been to create a male and female outfit appropriate to be worn and displayed in Poplar Cottage, an early 17th century ‘wasteland’ cottage, originally from Washington in West Sussex.
The project draws on documentary research undertaken by Dr Danae Tankard (Museum Historian and Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Chichester) on the clothing of the rural poor in 17th century Sussex. This documentary evidence has been collated with other types of evidence, such as pictorial sources and surviving garments.
The clothing has been made on site by the Museum’s Needlework Group, under the supervision of historic clothing consultant, Barbara Painter, and the Museum’s Domestic Life Interpreter, Lesley Parker.
Two films about the project have been made by Darren Mapletoft, Senior Lecturer in Digital Film Production at the University of Chichester.