Explore the enduring legacy of a local business that changed the face of fashion in Seeing Double: The Story of Double Two Shirts. 

In 1940 Isaak Donner and Frank Myers escaped war torn Europe and set up shop in Wakefield. They literally changed the fabric of men’s fashion.  

Seeing Double tells the story of a revolutionary British brand, Double Two Shirts – from its unique approach to wear and tear with replaceable collars and cuffs, to its innovative work pioneering man-made fibres and creating the world’s first synthetic shirt.  

The story of Double Two (also known as The Wakefield Shirt Company) is the story of post-war Britain. Join us on a journey of changing fashions, fabrics, mills and models. Hear the stories of the people who worked there. View fascinating archive TV adverts, reflecting the tastes and culture of Britain over the decades. 

The Seeing Double exhibition at Wakefield Museum is part of Our Year, a year-long programme of cultural events and activities which explore and celebrate the diversity and richness of our district’s heritage and traditions. 

Venue opening hours

Monday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday : 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Captioned
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2UP