"I was really impressed by your professionalism, talent and attention to detail. Problems did arise but you were always there to solve them. Your friendly manner totally put me at ease, throughout the inevitable stresses of impending nuptials. Thank you so much for creating my dream dress. I truly felt like a princess on my big day!"
Vintage 1950s style wedding dress, Heather Fretwell, October 2013
"Thank you, Meridith for your effervescent, enthusiastic, erudite revelations about 'Women of Adventure'. Still don't understand how they did what they did wearing what they wore!"
Women of Adventure , Matlock Ladies Luncheon Club, 13th November 2014
"The talk was fantastic – really enjoyable"
Make Do and Mend , Gateshead Library, June 2013
"A huge thank you for a fantastic talk on Confessions of an Edwardian Shopoholic at Blaydon."
Confessions of an Edwardian Shop-o-holic , Gateshead Library, April 2013
"Thank you for entertaining over 90 of our members of Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association last week. Yourself and your valuable helper did a splendid job of the presentation “ Romance in the Raj “ It was well researched and the visual aids and costumes really brought it life. We will certainly be asking you to come back again in the future."
Romance in the Raj , East Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association, 14th October 2014
"Superb service and unmatched quality. My 15th century archers kit has weathered many months on the archery range and at events without issue. The outfit was made with great care and consideration of my needs."
15th Century Archers Outfit, Richard Jacobs, 2013
"Thanks for a fantastic 100 Years of Hats talk last night...I'm now off to learn the art of self-defence with a hat pin!!"
100 Years of Hats , Gateshead Library, February 2014
"A huge thanks from Ripon Women's Luncheon club for a MOST enjoyable afternoon with you. We all thoroughly enjoyed your talk and particularly the ladies at the back of the room appreciated the fact that they "could hear every word, and she was just a slip of a young thing"!!. It was good to meet your glamorous assistant, hoping you'll come back another time, thanks to you both."
Confessions of an Edwardian Shopoholic , Ripon Ladies Luncheon Club, 5th November 2014
"Thank you for an excellent presentation which evoked the era so graphically. The atmosphere you were able to recreate will stay with us for some time and generate a nostalgia for a time we didn't even know!"
Make Do and Mend , Crimple Valley Quilters, 3rd December 2014
"I absolutely love the dress, and can’t wait to show it to the public"
Tudor dress, Helen Atkinson, April 2012
"We are in raptures. Well done and thank you so much. Beautiful and truly Beardsley."
1920s Aubrey Beardsley inspired evening gown, Rose Wallop, June 2012
"A huge thank you for helping to make the evening such a success, we have has some great feedback, all so positive. Can’t wait to have you back next year, we will have to get some more chairs.....there were quite a few who could not fit in!"
Romance in the Raj , Archives at Dusk, North Yorkshire County Council, May 2013
"Fascinating Make Do + Mend talk this evening. She is excellent!"
Make Do and Mend , Gateshead Library, June 2013
"We have the dress out of its box and on our mannequin and it is fabulous! We are so excited to have it here. Thank you so much for all your research and hard work."
Reconstruction of 1914 suit, The Rochester Bridge Trust, December 2013
"The talk looks at the fashions over twenty years, both in India and back home, and Meridith brings examples of the costumes that would have been worn which, together with her gifts for humour and story-telling, really bring the talk to life."
Romance in the Raj , Diana Barre, Blog editor for York Embroiderers Guild, 9th October 2014
"Thank you for your entertaining and informative talk. You really know your stuff. Lots of wonderful, positive feedback from the audience. A perfect evening as always. Looking forward to the next one."
Confessions of an Edwardian Shopoholic at Christmas , Norton Library, Stockton-on-Tees, 19th November 2014
"Meridith Towne, what an fascinating lady and an incredible speaker, I have not enjoyed a speaker as much in such a long time, along with her friendly helper and amazing twists to her tale, I didn’t notice the evening fly by, a total pleasure, thank you."
Romance in the Raj , Mrs Stephanie Landles President of Wolviston Village Women’s Institute, 29th April 2014
"Many thanks for 100 Years of Hats, what a brilliant afternoon; I am hunting for an 18 inch hat pin..."
100 Years of Hats , South Tyne Libraries, June 2013
"It was excellent and we had lots of great feedback from the audience."
Confessions of an Edwardian Shopoholic , Gateshead Library, April 2013
"We all really enjoyed your talk, knowledge and enthusiasm. I am sure many more of us will be looking out for you when you are in the area."
Confessions of an Edwardian Shop-o-holic , Sunderland Embroiderers Guild, March 2013
"Everyone was delighted with your visuals and all the particular goodies on show.....plus your youth!! It’s SO good to experience enthusiasm like yours!! Keep up the good work....(and the vintage clothes!)"
100 Years of Hats , Northern Society of Costume and Textiles, March 2013
"Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation. We had lots of lovely comments and your natural wit brought everything to life!"
Romance in the Raj , Friends of Macclesfield Silk Heritage, The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield, November 2013