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Jane Malcolm-Davies is director of THREAD, an Innovation Fund Denmark initiative, which is developing a themed model for refugee integration using textiles as the catalyst for change at the Centre for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen. Jane was a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow there from 2015 to 2017 when she worked on Knitting in Early Modern Europe (KEME) and developed an online database of evidence for this under-researched textile production process. Jane is also working on ways to integrate Analytical Tools for Organic Material Studies (ATOMS) into textile research. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Highlands & Islands (Centre for Interpretation Studies) and the University of Southampton, where she developed an online database of Tudor effigies. She lectured in entrepreneurship and heritage management at the University of Surrey, introduced costumed interpreters at Hampton Court Palace (1992 to 2004), coordinated training for the front-of-house team at Buckingham Palace each summer (2000 to 2010), and has recently coached volunteer guides for the new National Army Museum in London. Jane sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Dress History and the Archaeological Textiles Review.
Ninya Mikhaila established her business making reconstructions of historic costumes for museums and heritage sites in 1994 after gaining a Higher National Diploma in Costume Interpretation at the London College of Fashion. Her clients include Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Armouries, The National Trust, English Heritage, The National Archives and Gainsborough’s House. Ninya also led Nottingham University’s recent course on the social history of Tudor dress and is currently featured in a BBC television series A Stitch in Time, which looks at what reconstructing period clothes can tell us about people in the past. Ninya is married to Michael Perry. They live in Nottingham with their two young daughters.
Michael Perry (illustrator) worked as a designer for Games Workshop from 1978-2014. As a freelance illustrator he has provided the colour plates for eight Osprey Men at Arms and Campaign Series reference books. In 2013 Michael was commissioned to produce eight large illustrated figures for inclusion in the In Fine Style exhibition for The Royal Collection. He runs Perry Miniatures, a company making 28mm historical figures for collectors, with his brother Alan. Through Perry Miniatures Michael has illustrated and published books on military history including The First Carlist War by Conrad Cairns and Go Strong into the Desert by Lt. Col. Mike Snook. He is married to Ninya Mikhaila, they live in Nottingham with their two young daughters.
Jane Huggett is co-author of The Tudor Child. She a dress historian and costumier whose previous publications include Clothes of the Common Man and Clothes for the Common Woman (two volumes each; 1480 to 1580 and 1580 to 1660) both for Stuart Press. Jane has been making reconstructions of historic costumes for museums and heritage sites since 1987. Clients include The National Trust, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, JMD&Co for Hampton Court Palace and Past Pleasures for Hampton Court Palace, The Mary Rose Trust and The Tower of London. Jane has worked as a costumed interpreter for Hampton Court Palace and is currently working in the same capacity at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Caroline Johnson (author) is co-director of JMD&Co and was responsible for researching and supervising the reproduction costumes used at Hampton Court Palace and other historic sites from 1992 to 2004. Caroline specialises in research into documentary evidence and primary sources on Tudor costume. Caroline is a former trustee of The Costume Society, has been chairman and secretary of the Southern Counties Costume Society.