Bexhill Museum’s new exhibitions celebrate the Roaring Twenties and artist Nigel Cornford

One of the exhibits on show
One of the exhibits on show

Silks and chiffons, feathers and fur – Bexhill Museum’s 2017 special exhibition features the fashion of the Roaring Twenties.

Allied to it in the Egerton Road museum’s Costume and Social History Gallery is an exhibition devoted to Bexhill artist Nigel Cornford, whose puppet creations brought the 1988 TV series The Wind in the Willows to television to the delight of countless children.

Virginia Beaumont and Twenties pram

Virginia Beaumont and Twenties pram

Three generations of the Cornford family were in the museum on Monday (February 20) to view the exhibition.

For Nigel’s brother Mick and Mick’s daughters Hayley and Sally it was a moment of pure nostalgia.

Nigel died of cancer in 2014 but Sally, who had daughter Emily, six months, in her arms, was able to show son William, four, a display case packed with his great uncle’s colourful and imaginative creations.

Nigel graduated in carpet and textile design at Eastbourne College of Arts and entered the world of puppet design by chance.

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