The Elizabethan Woolen Cap

The Elizabethan Woolen Cap

Those of you who came along to March’s session at the Gallery of Costume might be interested to hear this programme that was broadcast this week on Radio 4. Written and presented by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, the programme explores the cultural role of just such woolen caps as the one we looked at. It is full of fascinating stories about the cultural significance of the caps such as the fact that it was illegal for working class men not to wear their caps on Sundays and high days and that the groups of apprentices who wore them were feared for their youth and roudiness-they were the hoodies of the day! An excellent programme- it’s like it was written for us!

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