Smallhythe Place, Kent
Ellen Terry was one of the first modern stars of the British stage and was famous for her portrayal of Shakespearean heroines. Her house, Smallhythe Place, contains a wealth of objects from her career – from annotated scripts, to paintings and props.
But perhaps the most impressive item of all is the beetle wing dress she wore to play Lady Macbeth in 1888, which is adorned with 1000 iridescent wings of the jewel beetle. The emerald and sea-green gown has been carefully conserved and can be seen at Smallhythe Place, along with a copy of the painting, by John Singer Sargent, which depicts Ellen in the costume.