Friday 3 - Sunday 5 April 2020

Missing Persons: Who were the Typical Tudors?

Registration for Missing Persons: Who were the Typical Tudors? costs £299 (US$379/€335), including VAT*. There are limited tickets available, so don't delay! Included in the price is a two-day programme of events, and a copy of the book The Typical Tudor. 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.

*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 dependent on whether the ticket can be resold or not.

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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

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

Join Jane and Ninya as they undertake a forensic analysis of the bodies of evidence for the typical Tudors in the historic Shire Hall of Nottingham for the official launch of The Typical Tudor, which focuses on the dress of ordinary men and women. Follow their progress as they search for the missing persons lost to history for so long. Be part of an exciting courtroom drama at the National Justice Museum and witness the evidence for these elusive missing persons go on public trial. Experts in pictorial, archaeological and documentary material will plead their cases and undergo cross-examination to test their reliability as witnesses to the past appearance of people for whom only remnants and rags remain. 

Visit our Facebook page for updates and check in here 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 (allegedly) – 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
  • Kathy Davies, author of Artisan Art: Vernacular Wall Paintings in the Welsh Marches 1550-1650
  • Hilary Davidson, dress historian and doctoral researcher at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and previously curator of Fashion & Decorative Arts at Museum of London from 2007 to 2012
  • Tarnya Cooper, Curatorial and Collections Director, National Trust and author of Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales
  • Alexzandra Hildred, Head of Research at The Mary Rose and author of the forthcoming book on the ship's crew
  • Pat Poppy, independent scholar and costume history blogger

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, Amber Butchart, presenter of A Stitch in Time. She will talk about her fascinating secret life off screen. 

At the end of the evening, copies of The Typical Tudor are presented to all conference delegates.

Sunday 5 April 2020

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.

Monday 6 April 2020

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