Downton Abbey Hits the Road in “The Colonies”

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As you may, or may not, know, costumes from Downton Abbey have started their North American road tour, thanks to the generous folks at London’s top-notch costume house Cosprop, Ltd. And what a tour it is. It began February 5th at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, and will run there until May 25, 2015.

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Costume worn by Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, during season 1 of “Downton Abbey” covering the years 1913-1914. (Image from, photo of Dame Maggie Smith from Carnival Films.)

At present, they are scheduled to be exhibited in 22 cities. You can find the latest and most complete North American tour schedule at These are the dates published as of today:

  • February 2015 – May 2015: Asheville, North Carolina


  • June 2015 – September 2015: Oshkosh, WI

    Paine Art Center and Gardens

  • October 2015 – January 2016: Richmond, VA

    Virginia Historical Society

  • February 2016 – May 2016: Chicago, IL

    The Richard H. Driehaus Museum

  • July 2016 – September 2016: Cincinnati, OH

    Taft Museum of Art

  • October 2016 – January 2017: South Bend, IN

    Northern Indiana Center for History

  • February 2017 – May 2017: Anaheim, CA

    Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

  • June 2017 – September 2017: Nashville, TN

    Cheekwood Art & Gardens

  • October 2017 – January 2018: St. Augustine, FL

    The Lightner Museum

As you can see, this “only” covers the next three years.

Intricate beading on Lady Mary's proposal dress (image from Huffington Post)

Intricate beading on Lady Mary’s proposal dress (image from Huffington Post)

So far, the closest exhibition for me will be in Anaheim, California, in two years. By then young Master Crawley will have graduated Eton and Downton may well be into the days leading up to WWII. But it doesn’t matter – it’s on my calendar for 2017. In ink.

And if Bates and Anna aren’t safely, comfortably and quite happily together – forever!! – by then I shall never forgive Julian Fellowes his hard artistic heart.

Bates at work. (image from Huffington Post)

Bates at work. (image from Huffington Post)