Welcome to the Lexis of cloth and clothing: Medieval Royal Wardrobe accounts Project!

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Building on the success of the AHRC funded ‘The Lexis of Cloth and Clothing in Britain c. 700-1450’, this follow-up project offers a way for school-children, students and interested members of the public to engage with a number of facets of Britain’s medieval past, its language, manuscripts, and the clothing worn by the royal family.

A new website will provide an introduction to cloth and clothing in the royal household during the reigns of Edward I, Edward II and Edward III. It will showcase some of the fascinating manuscripts held at the National Archives and demonstrate how ‘The Lexis of Cloth and Clothing in Britain c. 700-1450’ can help to reveal their secrets. Bespoke illustrations created by Maggie Kneen of the garments described in the accounts will bring the manuscripts to life and allow comparison with the clothes worn by the royal family today.

We will be conducting visits to schools throughout the country helping children to explore the world of medieval fashion. Through a combination of talks, exercises and competitions the team will strive to ignite the interest of a new generation of historians and celebrate our rich shared heritage.

Finally, we will be organizing a host of public events, workshops, and talks at the National Archives and around the country.

It’s going to be a busy year so be sure to follow us here and on Twitter @WardrobeLexis!


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Please join us to celebrate the launch of the AHRC-funded project the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing: Medieval Royal Wardrobe Accounts based at the University of Westminster, Durham University and The National Archives.

There will be a welcome by Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives, Louise Sylvester, Professor of English Language at the University of Westminster, and Dr Mark Chambers of Durham University will introduce the the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Database, and Dr Charles Farris (Westminster) will describe the project’s activities and demonstrate its website.

The talks will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity to view some of the manuscripts which feature in the project.

Date: Thursday 2nd February

Venue: The National Archives

Time: Introductory remarks at 6pm followed by Drinks Reception from 6.45pm

Please RSVP here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lexis-of-cloth-and-clothing-medieval-wardrobe-accounts-project-launch-registration-30520933935

and forward to any colleagues who may be interested in attending.


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