Coming April 2020!

The Typical Tudor

Research for The Typical Tudor, Jane and Ninya’s follow-up to The Tudor Tailor, has been underway for a long time. We’ve been promising to update the book and add new research based largely on a huge survey of documentary evidence gathered together in a database of more than 60,000 items from wills, accounts and inventories dated 1485 to 1603.

Perceptions that The Tudor Tailor was mostly about elite dress led us to focus on lower and middle-class dress as worn by “The Typical Tudor” in our ongoing research. Some early insights into what ordinary people wore came from the many volumes of Essex wills (helpfully transcribed by Emmison) and we were able to hint at these in The Tudor Tailor.

However, when we look at any source material – pictures, artefacts, documents – we must acknowledge that we can’t be sure whether any of it is typical of the people who lived in the Early Modern era because the vast majority of what once existed is gone. Even the most robust interrogation of the best evidence provides only a shadowy glimpse of what people wore and who those people were. It is for this reason that we are interpreting the material for our new book in as wide and inclusive a way as possible. All averages are based on a broad sweep of data which includes outliers as well as those firmly in the mainstream.

The book will be launched next year at a conference exploring the “Bodies of Evidence” for ordinary people’s clothing. Visit our Facebook page for updates and check in here at for regular announcements about the speakers, programme and venues. Put the date in your diary and plan your trip to Nottingham – home of Robin Hood (allegedy) – a Champion of the Ordinary Man and Woman!

Confirmed speakers in the court room on Saturday 4 April include Susan North, curator of fashion at the V&A Museum, and the after-dinner speaker for the gala evening is Amber Butchart, presenter of A Stitch in Time, who will talk about her fascinating secret life off screen.

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 April 2020

Don’t be a missing person: book your place at The Typical Tudor conference today

Registration for Missing Persons: Who were the Typical Tudors? costs £275 (US$349/€313), including VAT*. There are limited tickets available, so don't delay! Included in the price is a two-day programme of events (£199) and a copy of the book The Typical Tudor (£30) plus VAT (£46). The book will not be available prior to the conference and delegates will be the first to receive their copies at the gala dinner on Saturday 4 April. The Typical Tudor is scheduled to go on sale via The Tudor Tailor’s Etsy shop in mid-June 2020. The Early Bird price of £275 is available here until 19 June 2019. After that date, the regular price is £299.

*US$ and € prices are indicative as they will depend on the current currency conversion rate at the time of purchase.

Please note that a partial refund will be given if a cancellation is made in writing 70 days or more before the event. Partial refunds for cancellations made at shorter notice will be given on a discretionary basis dependant on whether the ticket can be resold or not.

Book your place now

Please let us know if you have special needs of any kind when you book. The Tudor Tailor aims to make appropriate provisions provided the details are noted before 28 February 2020.

The conference programme includes:

Friday 3 April 2020

Registration is at the Society of Artists Gallery where there is an opportunity to see The Typical Tudor exhibition with garments from the book on display.

Saturday 4 April 2020

The full day’s conference at the historic courtroom of the National Justice Museum is hosted by Jane and Ninya, who introduce papers presented by experts on the evidence for the dress of middling and lower-class people in the Early Modern era.

A buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon tea, coffee and refreshments are provided.

Nottingham’s magnificent Council House is the setting for a three-course gala dinner with pre-dinner drinks and an after dinner speaker. At the end of the evening, copies of The Typical Tudor are presented to all conference delegates.

Sunday 5 April

Take the opportunity to view The Typical Tudor exhibition featuring garments from the book, browse and purchase supplies in the Tudor Tailor shop at the Society of Artist’s gallery in the shadow of Nottingham Castle. Jane and Ninya host the exhibition throughout the day.

Visit Roger Watson Laces and meet Ashley Watson, expert and proprietor of one of the last Nottingham lace workshops still in operation in the city’s famous Lace Market. See a selection of historic designs together with items from the company’s archives and try your hand at scalloping lace. There will also be lace on sale at this behind-the-scenes event, which is exclusive to friends of The Tudor Tailor.

Tickets for a guided tour of the hidden maze of 500 underground caves which lie beneath the city of Nottingham are included in the conference programme. The trip under the streets and back in time reveals the only medieval underground tannery in the country.

Join award-winning tour guide and storyteller Ezekial Bone as he provides an insight into the textile traditions of Nottingham through the ages. The private tour for conference delegates takes in the historic sites of the famous Lace Market in the city centre.

Nottingham also offers a host of historic and original retail outlets and eateries including Joe’s Store (aka The Tin-Tin Shop), Inspired and Chocolate Utopia.

More details about the speakers and other activities plus some exclusive add-on events will be provided as the programme is confirmed. Please subscribe to The Tudor Tailor’s newsletter to receive updates directly to your inbox.

Please note that accommodation is not provided but suggestions for convenient and comfortable hotels will be available in due course.

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