The research team

Dr Angharad Thomas

Angharad Thomas is a researcher, designer and maker whose main focus is knitted gloves. The Holy Hands project has enabled her to fulfil her long-time interest in liturgical gloves which are always an inspiration.

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Lesley O'Connell Edwards

Lesley O’Connell Edwards is a knitting historian who uses both archival sources and surviving artefacts in her research. She concentrates on the early modern period, especially knitters and also the production and trade in knitted stockings in England.

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Dr Sylvie Odstrčilová

Dr Sylvie Odstrčilová is a botanist who now works for the Strahov Library in Prague. She is experienced at reconstructing knitted and tablet woven textiles having worked on many experimental projects for reenactments based on medieval and early modern evidence. Sylvie is a regular contributor to the Archaeological Textiles Review and Piecework.

Dr Jane Malcolm-Davies

Dr Jane Malcolm-Davies is associate professor of textile analysis at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen. She studied the CIETA textile analysis course at the Musée des Tissues in Lyon, France, undertook microscopic investigation of early modern material, and launched the Analytical Techniques for Organic Materials Studies (ATOMS) programme during her two-year postdoctoral Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship in Denmark (2015 to 2017). Jane developed the THREAD programme (a Danish Innovation Fund Grand Solution), which used textiles as a catalyst for refugee integration. She is also co-director of The Tudor Tailor, a team of researchers who publish resources to promote the accurate reconstruction of historic dress. She worked as a consultant for heritage organisations in the UK, coordinated front-of-house training for the summer opening of Buckingham Palace for 12 years, and ran the costumed interpretation team at Hampton Court Palace from 1992 to 2004. Jane is on the editorial board of the Journal of Dress History and the Archaeological Textiles Review. Her first degree was in journalism, she holds postgraduate diplomas in heritage interpretation and law, lectures in entrepreneurship and has held several postdoctoral fellowships at Nordic and UK universities. Jane examined all the knitted caps and collected the data about them in the KEME database. She runs an ongoing Citizen Science experimental history project and continues to analyse the material from the caps. You can email her with any questions or suggestions you may have.

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Instagram: @malcolmdaviesjane