The Museum of Lydia Grace is a collaborative project between The Amelia and the London College Fashion. With generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund The Amelia team wanted a fresh set of eyes to help interpret and share their hat collection. Who better to help than the fashion professionals of the future.


After an interview and selection process MA Curation fashion students were selected and the exhibition team was formed. The students travelled to Tunbridge Wells and the off-site collections store to work with The Amelia team to learn more about the costume collection.

Over the next few months mood boards were created and collections were researched and photographed. Our web designer then edited and transformed the images to be workable on an online platform. Careful consideration prior to the photography was crucial. Using a green screen background and taking images from a variety of positions and angles, enabled our team to edit and manipulate the images much more easily.

We also brought into the mix an illustrator to help bring the hats to life in their original historical context. We found one of the challenges of creating a digital exhibition was trying to convey as much as possible with visual methods and not relying on words alone. The illustrations helped us with this, as well as influencing our logo and design aesthetic.

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For the best experience The Museum of Lydia Grace Exhibition is best viewed on a DESKTOP or LAPTOP computer

The Museum of Lydia Grace Online Exhibition

The Museum of Lydia Grace is a digital exhibition featuring part of The Amelia’s millinery collection. The exhibition has been co-curated by The Amelia and the London College of Fashion, and is kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The History of Lydia Grace in Tunbridge Wells

Hats have a practical purpose and over time have been worn to signify social status, formality, and occasion. This exhibition explores how the hats that were showcased in the ’Lydia Grace’  shop in Tunbridge Wells were also clever material communicators for women to express artistic ideas, fashionable credentials, playfulness, and glamour.

An early female entrepreneur, Kathleen ‘Katie’ Judd, opened Lydia Grace Millinery in 1906. Situated on Monson Road in Tunbridge Wells, the shop was named after Katie’s eldest daughter and sold a wide range of both traditional and fashionable headwear for women. As well as sourcing in desirable designs from further afield, many designs were created by the Lydia Grace team, and the business was exclusively run by women until it closed in 1996. Some of the hats shown in this exhibition were either on display or sold in Katie’s shop. Other hats were purchased locally or donated to The Amelia by local women.




Courtesy of The Amelia’s collection

Curatorial and Web design

Julie Hawksworth (The Amelia)

Tirosh Yellin (London College Of Fashion)

Regan Shepherd (RS Design London)                                   


Izzy Schreiber (London College Of Fashion)


Gabriellla Bianca (London College Of Fashion)