June 7, 2019

A curator, an historian and a judge walk into a bar ...

Ninya and Amber during filming for the BBC series "A Stitch in Time"

The Tudor Tailor’s Missing Persons conference in Nottingham features an unlikely line-up for the courtroom drama on Saturday 4 April 2020. Jane and Ninya are pleased to announce the first experts to join the programme from the worlds of fashion and the law.

V&A fashion and textiles curator Susan North (who wrote the foreword for The Tudor Tailor all those years ago) will speak about using original garments as source material for reconstructions. She will draw on her long experience of working with 16th and 17th century items to consider what they can reveal about clothing in the past.

Susan made a guest appearance on A Stitch in Time, the BBC series for which Ninya reconstructed a variety of outfits, including one for presenter Amber Butchart based on a  late-17th century suit in the V&A’s collection. Amber has also accepted The Tudor Tailor’s invitation to give an after-dinner speech at the gala evening of the conference. She will share fascinating stories drawn from a world off-screen in which she plays a very unexpected role. More details about Amber’s secret life will be unveiled nearer the conference date.

Retired circuit judge Andrew Hamilton has agreed to preside over the court room for the main conference day lending an air of authenticity to the proceedings. He has personal experience of the Nottingham Shirehall court in action from his days as a barrister there. He is also chairman of Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society (WHACS), which takes a keen interest in local buildings and aims to open them up to public view. His work with the Civic Society has helped improve access to the castle and the caves. Ninya’s house came to the his attention because it was the original dairy to the Wollaton Hall estate. The Elizabethan mansion is still a magnificent sight and retains its beautiful deer park. Visit the society’s website to see more of Ninya’s neighbourhood attractions.

If all this whets your appetite for some adventures in Robin Hood-land, don’t delay booking for the conference, which runs from Fri 3 to Sun 5 April 2020. The Early Bird registration closes in just over a week’s time on Wed 19 June. Buy your ticket now and it will cost £275 (US$349/€313). Leave it until later in the month and the price goes up to £299. The conference ticket includes a copy of The Typical Tudor ahead of its main release in May 2020.

More details about the conference programme, other activities and the gala dinner are available here, where you can also buy your ticket via PayPal.