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Behind the Scenes Tour: Costumes

Join our Senior Collections Officer in an exclusive peek into the iconic costume collection of Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

Have you ever wanted to get closer to some of iconic costumes worn by Ellen Terry? This exclusive tour will take you behind the seams!

Our Senior Collections Officer will show you around the collections store, explaining how we care for each object.

Get a closer look at the fabric and design of the costume while you hear more about their history in these unmissable tours.

Please note that the ticket price does not include admission to site, which must be purchased separately at Visitor Reception.



Event ticket prices

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All £10.00
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The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Suitable for ages 8+, all children must be supervised

Meeting point

Outside of the Tea Room

What to bring and wear

Please wear sensible shoes as the ground to the costume store is uneven and can be muddy depending on weather.


The collections store is small and up narrow steep steps.

Upcoming events


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13 Apr to 14 Sep 2024
10:15 to 11:00
+ 5 other dates or times

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13 Apr to 14 Apr 2024
11:00 to 17:00
+ 1 other date or time

Meet the Archaeologists 

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12 May to 15 Sep 2024
12:00 to 15:00
+ 9 other dates or times

E15 presents: Macbeth 

East 15 Acting School performs a spirited and ensemble-led production of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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24 May 2024
19:00 to 21:15