An Old Shirt Won’t Ever Let You Down*

We strolled along Jermyn Street last week here on The Hornet, looking at a little bit of the history of that fabled thoroughfare as shirt capital of the world (click HERE to read earlier post).


But we can go further back than the 17th Century, for here in London we have the oldest known garment in existence – a linen shirt that dates back to around 3,000 B.C.

Petrie Museum

Tracey Golding one of the expert Egyptologists at the Petrie Museum likes to joke that it was probably the property of a teenager – given that it was found balled-up and discarded in a most careless fashion in a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb at Tarkan,


The Petrie Museum of Egyptology is one of London’s best-kept secrets – find them at Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT. Their website is HERE.


Petrie-Museum 2



(*With apologies to Rod Stewart, whose song An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down provides us with punning inspiration for today’s headline. We’ll be coming back to Rod another day.)

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