Downton Abbey star visits The Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate

The Royal Pump Room Museum had a very special event last Friday 13 December.

Harrogate-born Downton Abbey star Jim Carter visited the Royal Pump Room Museum and delighted the audience with stories about the show, the costumes, his career and visiting the White House!



Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson in the hugely popular ITV show, came to the Royal Pump Room Museum as part of the events to coincide with the current exhibition Age of Elegance: Costumes from Downton Abbey, a display of ladies costumes from the show. He was shown around the display, commenting that there weren’t any male costumes, before getting up to talk to the eager crowd.

He spoke very eloquently, revealing some behind-the-scenes secrets about how the show is made, including filming at Highclere Castle and Ealing Studios. The distinguished actor was also happy to answer questions on anything from his path from Harrogate to Downton to recording a birthday greeting for Hilary Clinton.

Jim Carter said:

The great thing about Downton is the attention to detail really shows in every aspect. My costume is like armour plating with the starched collar but it helps dictate how you play the part.

We found that what people liked were the stories within the house, the relationships, the love stories, the characters and are less bothered about what was happening around the world at the time.

If you would like to see video clips and photos from the event  visit www.facebook.com/harrogatemuseum

Age of Elegance: Costumes from Downton Abbey runs from Saturday 19th October to Tuesday 31st December 2013 at The Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RY. Admission charge. The museum will be closed 22nd – 26th December 2013.

Age of Elegance: Costumes from Downton Abbey



Saturday 19th October to Tuesday 31st December 2013

See a range of evening and day dresses worn by the ladies of this popular multi-award winning costume drama series in this special exhibition. The costumes from the first series celebrate the fashion of the post-Edwardian period.

Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RY

Open Mon – Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

Admission charge: £3.85 adults, £2.25 children, £2.75 concessions, £10.50 family ticket (2+3)

Tel: 01423 556188

Email: museums@harrogate.gov.uk


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