October 31, 2020

Celebrating Black History not just for a month - for ever

Harlie Des Roches with Jane & Ninya

Saturday 31 October is the end of the UK's Black History Month 2020 but continuing to represent everyone's history is an ongoing everyday challenge.

The venue for The Tudor Tailor's Missing Persons conference - Nottingham's Shire Hall and historic courtroom - has blazed a trail for inclusive history. The first black magistrate in Britain was appointed there in 1962. One year ago, a plaque commemorating Eric Irons's contribution as a campaigner for social justice was unveiled by Nottingham Civic Society. Eric Irons was born in Jamaica, joined the Royal Air Force to serve in the Second World War, and fought for workers' rights in the 1950s. He was awarded an OBE in 1977 and continued to sit on the Nottingham bench until his retirement in 1991.

The Tudor Tailor is launching its own contribution to inclusive history with the first in a series of short videos showcasing specific garments featured in The Typical Tudor. Harlie Des Roches, founder of the Facebook group Reenactors of Color, portrays one of many individuals whose wills make up the data on which the book is based.

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