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Headgear Collection

"Exploring the Evolution of Headgear: A Glimpse into History" Step back in time as we pay a visit to various eras and witness the significance of headgear

Background imageHeadgear Collection: South Condurrow Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. Around 1908

South Condurrow Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. Around 1908
Raising the headgear at Williams Lode. In 1897 part of the mine was transferred to Camborne School of Mines as the (later) King Edward VII mine

Background imageHeadgear Collection: South Providence Mine (formerly Wheal Speed), Lelant, Cornwall. Early 1900s

South Providence Mine (formerly Wheal Speed), Lelant, Cornwall. Early 1900s
General view of mine, with two newly constructed administration buildings in the middle ground on the right. Behind the buildings can be seen the headgear of a shaft with the remains of an earlier

Background imageHeadgear Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1912

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1912
Surface view of the shaft, scene of the rescue by Kemp and Opie. Mine Shift Bosses, William Kemp and Albert Opie were awarded Edward Medal awards for their bravery during the mining incident

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Goolds Shaft, Wheal Grenville Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1911

Goolds Shaft, Wheal Grenville Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1911
Goolds shaft with Old Stamps house in background. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageHeadgear Collection: A street vendor with a bicycle selling her flowers in Hanoi, Vietnam, Asia

A street vendor with a bicycle selling her flowers in Hanoi, Vietnam, Asia

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Wheal Grenville Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1911

Wheal Grenville Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1911
General surface view. Probably New Engine Shaft on Polgine Lode. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Metropolitan Fire Brigade helmet

Metropolitan Fire Brigade helmet
Metropolitan Fire Brigade brass helmet, used until replaced by a cork version in the 1930s

Background imageHeadgear Collection: LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet

LCC-LFB Fireman in his fire kit with new cork helmet
A London fireman in his fire kit, including the new style compressed cork helmet with its LFB crest, which replaced the traditional brass helmets used since the days of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Background imageHeadgear Collection: LCC-LFB Change from brass to cork fire helmets

LCC-LFB Change from brass to cork fire helmets
A significant landmark when on 14 July 1934 the LFB started to replace its traditional brass helmet with a new compressed cork design. It would be four years before the changeover was completed

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Headgear of Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Headgear of Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, silhouetted against the sky. Work underground was stopped in April 1986. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Fusion reactor maintenance T180 / 0078

Fusion reactor maintenance T180 / 0078
^BFusion reactor maintenance. ^b Technician in the interior of a Tokamak device, which confines hot plasma. This is used in the research of fusion as a future energy source

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Amazons, warriors and witch doctors of Dahomey (coloured engraving)

Amazons, warriors and witch doctors of Dahomey (coloured engraving)
960269 Amazons, warriors and witch doctors of Dahomey (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Amazons, warriors and witch doctors of Dahomey)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Red beret, close up

Red beret, close up

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Hats on display in shop, UNESCO, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, Peru

Hats on display in shop, UNESCO, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, Peru

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Hats on display in shop, UNESCO, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, Peru

Hats on display in shop, UNESCO, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, Peru

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Peruvian woman in traditional dress winding up wool, Chinchero, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province

Peruvian woman in traditional dress winding up wool, Chinchero, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, Peru

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Peruvian woman in traditional dress winding up wool, Chinchero, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province

Peruvian woman in traditional dress winding up wool, Chinchero, Sacred Valley, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region, Peru

Background imageHeadgear Collection: The Virgin with the Christ Child and a donor (oil on panel)

The Virgin with the Christ Child and a donor (oil on panel)
8712019 The Virgin with the Christ Child and a donor (oil on panel) by Santacroce, Francesco di Simone da (c.1440-1508); Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Niva

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Christ Showing His Mother the Nail Wounds in His Hands, c.1490 (oil on canvas)

Christ Showing His Mother the Nail Wounds in His Hands, c.1490 (oil on canvas)
8712012 Christ Showing His Mother the Nail Wounds in His Hands, c.1490 (oil on canvas) by Bouts, Albrecht (1450-1549); Nivaagaards Malerisamling, Niva, Denmark; (add.info.: By Albrecht Bouts)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Angelica Singleton Van Buren, 1842 (oil on canvas)

Angelica Singleton Van Buren, 1842 (oil on canvas)
8735819 Angelica Singleton Van Buren, 1842 (oil on canvas) by Inman, Henry (1801-46); 107.32 x 85.42 cm; White House, Washington D.C. USA; (add.info.: By Henry Inman); Copyright Universal Images Group

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Portrait of a Woman, c.1490-95 (oil on wood)

Portrait of a Woman, c.1490-95 (oil on wood)
XOS5875100 Portrait of a Woman, c.1490-95 (oil on wood) by Master of the Holy Kinship (fl.c.1450-1515); 44x34.5 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageHeadgear Collection: People of Manipur, India (engraving)

People of Manipur, India (engraving)
8631326 People of Manipur, India (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: People of Manipur, India. Illustration from Black and White)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Chinese government official, Dalian, Manchuria (b/w photo)

Chinese government official, Dalian, Manchuria (b/w photo)
8655595 Chinese government official, Dalian, Manchuria (b/w photo) by Chinese Photographer, (20th Century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chinese government official, Dalian, Manchuria)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Gaby Deslys, French actress and singer (coloured photo)

Gaby Deslys, French actress and singer (coloured photo)
8635454 Gaby Deslys, French actress and singer (coloured photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gaby Deslys, (1881-1920), French actress and singer

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Jerusalem Jew (coloured photo)

Jerusalem Jew (coloured photo)
8635423 Jerusalem Jew (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jerusalem Jew. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Our young Prince of Wails (colour litho)

Our young Prince of Wails (colour litho)
8635544 Our young Prince of Wails (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Our young Prince of Wails. Postcard, early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Men and women wearing fancy dress costumes (b/w photo)

Men and women wearing fancy dress costumes (b/w photo)
8655906 Men and women wearing fancy dress costumes (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Men and women wearing fancy dress costumes)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Monkey performance (b/w photo)

Monkey performance (b/w photo)
8656034 Monkey performance (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Monkey performance. Indian man entertaining a crowd with performing monkeys)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Gabrielle Ray, English stage actress (coloured photo)

Gabrielle Ray, English stage actress (coloured photo)
8656018 Gabrielle Ray, English stage actress (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973), English stage actress

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Portrait of a young woman wearing a hat and holding roses (coloured photo)

Portrait of a young woman wearing a hat and holding roses (coloured photo)
8655810 Portrait of a young woman wearing a hat and holding roses (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: The smartest girl in town (coloured photo)

The smartest girl in town (coloured photo)
8656619 The smartest girl in town (coloured photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The smartest girl in town. Dog wearing a bonnet)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Coffee, tea and cocoa (engraving)

Coffee, tea and cocoa (engraving)
8663837 Coffee, tea and cocoa (engraving) by French School, (17th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Coffee, tea and cocoa and their countries of origin)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: 100 old time Bible words (litho)

100 old time Bible words (litho)
8673191 100 old time Bible words (litho) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: 100 old time Bible words)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: People of Zanzibar seeking justice at the court of Lloyd Mathews (litho)

People of Zanzibar seeking justice at the court of Lloyd Mathews (litho)
8673177 People of Zanzibar seeking justice at the court of Lloyd Mathews (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: In Norway (colour litho)

In Norway (colour litho)
8672758 In Norway (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: In Norway. Children fishing in a fjord)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: So glad we've met! (colour litho)

So glad we've met! (colour litho)
8672522 So glad we've met! (colour litho) by Richardson, Agnes (1854-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: "So glad we've met!" Cute couple)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Women's costume of a butter churner, Saint-Brieuc, Cotes-du-Nord (colour litho)

Women's costume of a butter churner, Saint-Brieuc, Cotes-du-Nord (colour litho)
8677258 Women's costume of a butter churner, Saint-Brieuc, Cotes-du-Nord (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women's costume of a butter churner)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Women's costume of Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine (colour litho)

Women's costume of Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine (colour litho)
8677257 Women's costume of Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women's costume of Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Women's costume of Plouay, Morbihan (colour litho)

Women's costume of Plouay, Morbihan (colour litho)
8677256 Women's costume of Plouay, Morbihan (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women's costume of Plouay, Morbihan, Brittany, France)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Early XVth century women's headdress (litho)

Early XVth century women's headdress (litho)
8677408 Early XVth century women's headdress (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Early XVth century women's headdress)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Portrait of a grandmother (chromolitho)

Portrait of a grandmother (chromolitho)
8677502 Portrait of a grandmother (chromolitho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of a grandmother.); Look and Learn / Barbara Loe Collection

Background imageHeadgear Collection: M for marine (chromolitho)

M for marine (chromolitho)
8677325 M for marine (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: M for marine. Man dressed in a marine's uniform by the sea)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: I for Italian (chromolitho)

I for Italian (chromolitho)
8677323 I for Italian (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: I for Italian. Woman in traditional Italian costume drawing water from a well)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Women's costume of Vannes, Morbihan (colour litho)

Women's costume of Vannes, Morbihan (colour litho)
8677297 Women's costume of Vannes, Morbihan (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women's costume of Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany, France)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Women's headdress from 1880 (litho)

Women's headdress from 1880 (litho)
8677420 Women's headdress from 1880 (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women's headdress from 1880)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Women's headdress from the time of Louis XIV (litho)

Women's headdress from the time of Louis XIV (litho)
8677413 Women's headdress from the time of Louis XIV (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women's headdress from the time of Louis XIV)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Middle XVth century women's headdress (litho)

Middle XVth century women's headdress (litho)
8677410 Middle XVth century women's headdress (litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Middle XVth century women's headdress)

Background imageHeadgear Collection: Women's costume of Landivisiau, Finistere (colour litho)

Women's costume of Landivisiau, Finistere (colour litho)
8677255 Women's costume of Landivisiau, Finistere (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women's costume of Landivisiau, Finistere, Brittany, France)



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"Exploring the Evolution of Headgear: A Glimpse into History" Step back in time as we pay a visit to various eras and witness the significance of headgear. In 1915, Abram Arkhipov captures the essence of everyday life with his masterpiece. Fast forward to 1939, where we find ourselves immersed in The England Test cricket XI at Nottingham, portrayed by WA Rouch. Transporting us further back, Tom Morris senior's portrait from around 1910 showcases British golfer fashion during that era. JMW Turner takes us on an adventure to c1809, depicting a Shoeburyness fisherman hailing a Whitstable Hoy while donning his iconic red cap. The world of sports continues its influence on headwear as Spy presents Yorkshire Cricket in 1892. Meanwhile, South Condurrow Mine in Cornwall gives us insight into the protective gear worn by miners circa 1908. Diversity shines through John Andrew & Son's artwork featuring Sitting Bear - Arikara from 1908. Moving onto Scottish golf legend James Braid captured around 1905, we observe how headgear played a role even in leisure activities. Shifting gears to more recent times, Michael Walters' portrayal of female ICI employees enjoying a dance in South Yorkshire transports us to the vibrant atmosphere of 1957. We then encounter Pullman Porter Philip Henry Logan's uniform cap from1966 – an emblematic symbol representing his profession and identity. Delving deeper into history yet again, William Edward Dighton (1822-1853) appears dressed in Middle Eastern attire circa 1852-53 – showcasing cultural influences on headwear during that period. Lastly, we catch a glimpse of aristocracy aboard their yacht circa1925 as the Earl of Birkenhead proudly poses alongside his daughter wearing their stylish caps. From sporting events and industrial settings to cultural expressions and personal style, it has played a fascinating role throughout history.