24 April 2014
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The Tudor Tailor is delighted to announce that Ordsall Hall in Salford (near Manchester) will be home to The Tudor Child exhibition from Sunday 12 October 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015.

Many of the Tudor costumes reconstructed for the book of the same name will be on display for close examination together with samples of the fabrics and other materials for touchy-feely fun. The costumes are displayed with much of the evidence for their construction, including high-quality digital reproductions of portraits from the Weiss Gallery’s collection of sixteenth century paintings.

A number of themes are explored in the exhibition including how Tudor clothing signalled children’s growing maturity in conventional ways through the century. These changes in dress are explained and illustrated in vivid detail and complemented by interesting snippets of social history such as the popularity of coral (among other things) for teething pieces and the nuances of aprons versus bibs for girls and boys at different ages.

The exhibition also offers an opportunity for budding Tudor wet nurses to practice swaddling a baby – with step-by-step photographic instructions provided. There is an explanation of how swaddling changed from firm wrappings in the first month of life to a more relaxed arrangement as the baby became more mobile.

Ordsall Hall is a magnificent Tudor manor set in beautifully restored grounds with exceptionally well-preserved original features such as fireplaces, wall paintings and floor tiles. It even has a well-documented ghost – the White Lady, who keeps in touch with her many followers on Twitter (#theordsallghost).

The “ghost in a gown” is thought to be depicted in this portrait (The White Lady, artist unknown, c1580/1590; Ó Salford Museum & Art Gallery). A recent restoration project at the hall has revealed the Tudor timber frame, many decorative details and the relatively minor alterations which were concealed during the building’s long history as a school, a working men’s club, and as a derelict ruin.

Ordsall Hall is a 15-minute walk from Exchange Quay tram station. Salford Crescent mainline station is a 2½ hour train journey from London Euston. There is a café and a shop, where copies of The Tudor Child will be on sale.

Opening times for Ordsall Hall are Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm. It is not open on Fridays, Saturdays or bank holidays.

Entrance to the hall is free. The car park costs £2 for up to three hours or £5 for three hours or more. This provides access to the exhibition gallery and museum showing how the hall was saved and restored with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

An opening event on Sunday 12 October 2014 with a presentation by The Tudor Tailor is in the planning stages and details will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Information about Ordsall Hall is available at: www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/locations/ordsall-hall. Contact details are: [email protected]; tel 0161 872 0251.

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