This book explains the history of British occupational c.1750-1950 - a period that saw the decline of many traditional forms of employment, the emergence of new jobs and the reorganisation of various roles to meet the changing demands of the workplace and wider society. Dress is a potent expression of human existence and the diverse occupational gear worn over reflects vividly the daily working lives of past generations. Drawing on historical material and new internet resources, this guide demonstrates the adaptation of regular clothes for manual tasks, development of civilian uniforms and evolution of protective garments. Including the dress of agricultural labourer, fisher folk, domestic servants, miners, mill workers and more, it should be of particular interest to family historians researching ancestors' occupations, as well as costume enthusiasts and designers.
Table of Contents
Introduction Agriculture Fishing Domestic Service Transport Public Service Industry and Manufactoring Crafts and Trades Glossary Further Reading Useful Websites Index
"Jayne Shrimpton has managed to include a lot of useful information, and many illustrations from a wide variety of sources. This book will be a useful addition to the social history curator's book shelf, as well as of immense interest and use to those whose concerns lie with non-fashionable clothing or those needing to indentify and date historical photographs." —Costume