Gentleman Jack costumes take center stage in Anne Lister’s hometown of Halifax

The exhibition will open at the Bankfield Museum, run by Calderdale Council, just two days after the end of the second series of Sally Wainwright’s hugely popular BBC/HBO drama about Anne Lister.

The Halifax-based museum, not far from Shibden Hall, the historic home of Anne Lister, will host a collection of more than 30 iconic costumes created by famed designer Tom Pye, costume designer for both seasons of Gentleman Jack, from Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, December 24, 2022.

The exhibit will feature outfits worn by the cast of the second series, including Suranne Jones (Anne Lister), Sophie Rundle (Ann Walker) and Gemma Whelan (Marian Lister). The famous top hat that Suranne Jones wore as Anne Lister while filming will be featured alongside other recognizable clothing and accessories.

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Gentleman Jack’s costumes will be featured in the exhibit. Photo: Lookout Point HBO. Photography Jay Brooks

Councilor Jenny Lynn, Cabinet Member of the Calderdale Council for Public Services and Communities, said: “We are honored to have this unique exhibit on loan from Lookout Point, the production company for Gentleman Jack. The Bankfield Museum in Halifax – Anne Lister’s hometown – is the only place in the world where you can get up close to the incredible costumes of the characters who have had such a profound impact on people around the world.

“Gentleman Jack, the Costume Show and other events like the recent Anne Lister Birthday Festival help keep Anne’s legacy alive and have a remarkable impact on our visitor economy as Calderdale grows recover from the pandemic.”

Admission to the Bankfield Museum, including the Gentleman Jack costume exhibit, is free and reservations are not required. The collection will be on display in the beautiful surroundings of the museum’s Main Hall and Oak Gallery.

There are also plenty of other exhibits to discover on a visit to the Bankfield Museum, including ‘Fashion in the Time of Anne Lister’, which explores the different styles of fashion during the life of Anne Lister’s wife. businesswoman, landowner, lesbian, scholar and traveler. The exhibition is open until Saturday, December 24, 2022.