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King Arthur Legends Children’s Try-on Costumes – Higgins Armory Museum
  • Arlene E Handschuch, Framingham State University
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The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA (now part of the Worcester Art Museum) displayed one of the largest collections of armor and arms in the western hemisphere. To enhance their educational programs and engage boys and girls of all ages in the life and times of the Museum's collection, which spans the period from the ancient Romans to the Renaissance. the Museum commissioned my research, drafting and construction of a children’s try-­‐on collection of clothing based on the characters in the King Arthur Legends. These are adult styled costumes sized to fit children and include King Arthur, Guinevere, Morgan LeFay, Merlin, and a variety of princesses and princes. The Museum developed educational programs and scripts around these personas and other real historical characters to entertain the children and allow them to participate and role‐play.
In 2014 the Worcester Art Museum acquired the Higgins Armor Collection and now exhibits selected items in their galleries.

  • historic costume reproduction
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Arlene E Handschuch. "King Arthur Legends Children’s Try-on Costumes – Higgins Armory Museum" (1997)
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