Gentleman Jack Series 2 Suits Arrive in Halifax to Play in New World Exclusive Exhibit at Bankfield Museum

A worldwide exclusive display of costumes from the second series of Gentleman Jack will ensure the drama and style continue long after the BBC One finale on Sunday 29 May.

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

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The museum, not far from Shibden Hall, the historic home of Anne Lister, will house a collection of over 30 iconic costumes created by famed designer Tom Pye, costume designer for both seasons of Gentleman Jack, and will run from Tuesday 31 May to Saturday December 24, 2022.

Anne Lister, played by Suranne Jones in the BBC drama series.

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.

Cllr Jenny Lynn of Calderdale Council, said: ‘We are honored to have this unique display on loan from Lookout Point, the Gentleman Jack production company. 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.

Costumes from the first series of Gentleman Jack, on display at the Bankfield Museum in 2019.

There are also plenty of other exhibits to discover on a visit to the Bankfield Museum, including Fashion in Anne Lister’s Time (1791-1840) which explores the various styles of fashion worn during the lifetime of the town’s famous resident, Anne Lister, and shows how her own unique style contrasted with what women of that era were expected to wear.

Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, Halifax was a businesswoman, landowner, lesbian, scholar and traveller. A selection of fascinating 1830s dresses and accessories from the Bankfield Museum’s world-class collection of costumes and textiles are on display, along with many items on loan from museums across the country.

These loans include a selection of locally made dresses from the Bradford Museums and Galleries and the Kirklees Museums, shoes and an evening dress from the Northampton Museum, and day dresses, accessories and a bodice from the North Lincolnshire Museum Service and Harrogate Museums.

There are also loans from current makers, including an 1830s evening dress by dressmaker Anja Huddart, which won the Costume Society Patterns of Fashion Award 2021. Milliner, Lauren Martin made an 1830s bonnet especially for the exhibition and historical costume designer, Richard Macfarlane made an 1830s-style men’s coat.

© HBO Point of View. Photography Jay Brooks

Additionally, an iconic 1830s costume from the 1999 BBC production of Wives and Daughters worn by actress Rosamund Pike is on display alongside a specially commissioned wig by Lynn Kelly, a professional wig maker. The design is based on a headdress called the Apollo knot which was popular in the 1830s and is trimmed with feathers, beads and ornaments.

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The Bankfield Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

© HBO Point of View. Photography Aimee Spinks