The Fusilier Museum unveils new bridal exhibition

Dresses through the decades exhibition
Helena Briden, General Manager in the new Army Brides: Dresses through the decades exhibition

The Fusilier Museum, Bury has launched a new exhibition showcasing bridal fashion through the decades.

In a break from its traditional programme of exhibitions, Army Brides: Dresses through the Decades features wedding dresses from 1915 through to 2011. The exhibition showcases nine dresses and looks at the changes in style and trends during the century. It also tells the fascinating stories behind the dresses and what it was like being an army wife through the decades.

Military wives have kindly loaned the dresses to the museum for the exhibition. The majority have been loaned by the wider Fusilier family, however some have also been loaned from other regiments.

The oldest dress included in the exhibition is the wedding dress of Mrs Kathleen Sutcliffe who married Captain Jack Sutcliffe an Officer of the 2/6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers in 1915 before he went off to fight in the First World War. The museum recently secured a grant from the Association of Independent Museums to conserve the 104 year old dress so it could be restored and fit for public display.

One of the more modern dresses belongs to Helen Head, the wife of the current Commanding Officer of First Fusiliers, Chris Head. The dress was worn at their wedding in 2004 and consisted of a strapless corset and separate skirt which illustrated the bridal trends at the time.

Helen Head added “It’s a great honour to have my wedding dress included in the exhibition alongside several other army wives that span the last century. Every dress tells a different story so it’s great that we have the opportunity to share the story of our special day and of course see my dress again.”


Helena Briden, General Manager at the Fusilier Museum said, “This new exhibition enables visitors old and new to take a fascinating look at 100 years of bridal fashion. Without the support of our army brides and their kind donations this exhibition wouldn’t have been possible so a huge thank you to them for taking part and we look forward to sharing their stories.”

The exhibition opened on the 29th March and will run until 21st June 2019. Normal admission rates apply.

The Fusilier Museum in Bury, Lancashire, is home to the collections of XX The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Documenting over 300 years of history and heritage through permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the people who have served and continue to service in the Regiments.



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