July 25, 2022

‘Come, begin ... And you the judges, bear a wary eye’ – Hamlet act 5, scene 2

Nottingham’s historic courtroom hosts an investigation into evidence for typical Tudor clothing

Plans have been progressing for the Missing Persons conference in October. News from Nottingham is that a mystery witness has been summoned to appear in front of the judge, jury and spectators on Sunday 23 October. Rumour has it they will present new evidence about how typical Tudors dressed. This exciting revelation will be made public for the first time in the historic courtroom. Book now to experience this testimony in person - there are just a few full conference tickets still available.

Jane and Ninya are confident that by October 2022 not only will the book have been published and sent out to all the preorderers but there will also be a very exciting programme of events and activities ready to roll.

The ticket price of £299 (approx. US$357/€350) buys a full programme of events beginning with the welcome registration on Saturday 22 October, ending with the activities around Nottingham on Monday 24 October, and including the gala evening at Holmepierrepont Hall on the Sunday evening. Optional add-on events continue on Tuesday 25 October with a visit to the Framework Knitters Museum. Please note that the current conference price does not include a book order.

The main conference day at the National Justice Museum begins at 9.45am with a programme of speakers providing evidence for typical 16th century clothing. Ninya has been appointed counsel for the defence and Jane is cross-examining a series of expert witnesses with a real judge presiding over the proceedings.

Monday promises a fascinating look at Nottingham’s textiles past and present in guided tours and a visit to a lace workshop. There will also be an opportunity to study the reconstructed garments featured in The Typical Tudor: reconstructing everyday 16th century dress at the conference exhibition.

Find full details of the conference programme and add-on events, and book your place here.

There are also tickets for the gala evening available for a 'Plus One' (£65) if you decide to bring a companion to Nottingham with you – see the purchase information on the conference webpage.

When there is a firm date for the book’s despatch to the printers and a schedule for deliveries to its many destinations around the world, there will be a swift announcement to everyone who has preordered. Jane and Ninya appreciate the continued patience of all those who have already bought the book.

If you still need persuading to make the trip to the UK to join the Missing Persons, there are a number of other exciting events taking place within a few days of the conference:

Thurs 6-Sat 8 Oct 2022 10am-4pm – The Mary Rose Trust is hosting a programme of anniversary lectures celebrating 40 years since the raising of the ship at the Action Stations Auditorium, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth PO1 3PY. More information is available here.

Wed 26 Oct 2022 7.30pm – Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society has invited Ninya to share insights into her work on the forthcoming film The Lost King starring Steve Coogan, which tells the story of Richard III’s discovery in a Leicester car park in 2012. Clothing the lost king: reconstructing the wardrobe of Richard III will be held at St Leonard's Community Centre, 4 Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2ND. Admission is £2 on the door. Visit Facebook to find out more about the film.

Sat 22 Oct, Weds 26 Oct, Sat 29 Oct & Wed 2 Nov 1pm-3pm Sat & 7pm-8.30pm Wed (UK time zone) – The Costume Society of Great Britain is hosting Clothes maketh the man: men’s clothing and concepts of masculinities expressed through appearance, an online event. It will showcase and celebrate the unique characteristics, influences, manufacture, methods of communication, and inspiration involved in clothes for men, and those who identify as male, in short presentations (20-30 mins). Find out more here.

Sat 29 Oct 2022 10am-5pm – The Medieval Dress & Textile Society is holding a study day on the theme of Learning through reconstruction at Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL. The event will focus on research and study achieved through or supported by the reconstruction of dress and textiles from 400 to 1625. Click here to find out more.

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