Mrs Widdows was born on June 8th 1903 at Healey Heights in Burnley. In October 2003 she donated her collection of figurines in historical costume to Towneley. They were made in the 1940s and 1950s and Mrs Widdows showed them all over Britain and Europe until about 1980.
After her death in 2006, her daughter donated the books used by her mother to research the historical details of the costumes together with scrapbooks and photographs related to their display.
See Towneley Library catalogue for items with shelf mark PCwid.
BURGM/wid037.1 to .5
BURGM/wid043.1 to .4
.1 typed letter from West Lancashire Federation of Townswomen's Guilds to Mrs. Widdows - dated 23rd Sept. 1965
.2 handwritten letter from unknown (The Red House, Tong, Shifnal, Salop) to Mrs. Widdows - dated September 20th 19??.
.3 handwritten letter from Anne Dyer, Shropshire, to Mrs. Widdows - undated.
.4 handwritten letter from Mrs K. M. Leete, Cheshire, to Mrs. Widdows - December 11th 19??.
15 pages of black typescript, numbered 1 to 15 plus 2 pages of green typescript, numbered 6 and 9, covering 'The Adventures of Mrs Marriane Widdows'.
(i) costume leaflets and post cards - wid045
(ii) photo cuttings / costume 16th C. - wid046
(iii) photo cuttings / costume 17th and 18th C. - wid047
(iv) costumes post 1800 - wid048
(v) magazine cuttings / costumes - large size - wid049
(vi) news cuttings etc. - wid050
(vii) letters relating to donation of dolls and documents 2003 and 2006 - wid099.
(viii) doll making materials and patterns - wid100+[stored with dolls]