Iconic Mr Darcy shirt comes to Calderdale

The iconic ‘wet shirt’ worn by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will be on public display in Halifax, West Yorkshire, from Saturday 25 May 2024.

During Calderdale’s Year of Culture 2024 (CultureDale(external link)), fans of the famous lake scene will be able to get up close to the shirt and the rest of the outfit worn by Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. It will be on show for free at Bankfield Museum in Halifax until Tuesday 24 December 2024.

The classic 1995 TV scene saw Mr Darcy dive into a lake and emerge with his shirt wet and clinging to him, only to be unexpectedly confronted by Elizabeth Bennet, who had rejected his marriage proposal. The scene has been voted by many as their favourite and most memorable TV moment of all time.

Calderdale Council successfully bid for the shirt, and other costumes from significant moments in TV and film history, at a London auction by Cosprop in March 2024 which raised money for arts education charity, the Bright Foundation.

The Council’s bid was funded by generous donations to the Works of Art Fund from visitors to Calderdale museums. The Fund has been built up over the years specifically for the purpose of enhancing the museum collection for residents and visitors.

Bankfield Museum has long been known for its large textiles collection. These new items of costume history form an important addition to the collection where they will be cared for and preserved for years to come.

Cllr Danielle Durrans, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, said:

“Since it hit the headlines that the famous Mr Darcy shirt would be coming to Halifax, we know that many people have been eager to see it for themselves.

“Along with other parts of the lake scene costume, we’re thrilled to announce that this iconic piece of TV history will be on public display for free for most of our Year of Culture – a major addition to our showstopping year of events and activities across Calderdale.

“We’re incredibly excited to have this exhibition on our doorstep, and know it will bring a real boost in visitor numbers to Bankfield Museum and other parts of Halifax and Calderdale.

“With the borough already known as a booming TV and film location, we want to marry this up with Bankfield Museum’s and Calderdale’s textile heritage and create a legacy of costume and culture.”

The shirt is accompanied by other key items from Mr Darcy’s outfit, including the breeches, coat, waistcoat and cravat – all on display in Bankfield Museum’s accessible Oak Gallery on the ground floor.

The other items bought at the auction are due to go on display in a new exhibition in 2025, based around costume in TV and film. They include the Gentleman Jack outfit worn by Suranne Jones, the yellow pelisse from the 2020 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, two outfits from Downton Abbey, and the King and Queen’s outfits from The King’s Speech. There will also be opportunities for learning and skills development linked to textiles and the making of the costumes.

Bankfield Museum is free to visit, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

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