Queen Jane remains the only English monarch of the past five centuries for whom no genuine portrait is known to have survived. Dozens of images have been put forward over those five centuries, but none has yet been conclusively authenticated.
It is now believed the portrait above by an unknown artist is the truest likeness of Jane Grey and is in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland at Syon House, Middlesex, UK.
One of our young artists, Isabel Walters, responded to the portrait with a bust SYON JANE that was exhibited at the New Armouries 12 February as part of the WOEFUL PUPPET exhibition.
Along with some facets of Lady Jane Grey’s story we have interpretations and reactions from a wide spectrum of contributors via prose, poetry, images and artwork.
With support from the Unity Arts Heritage Team via workshops and meetings participants were encouraged to write to deadline, source images and think about the overall look of the booklet.
This was also an opportunity for participants to manage an activity and heritage output. Lewis J Phillips took the role as Editor and Michael Cheetham as Cover and Booklet Designer and the Costumes are Designed by Isabel Walters.
We hope you enjoy reading this unique heritage output.
There also are plenty of interesting Lady Jane Grey research resources created by our participants and experts Lady Jane Grey Resources
On 12 February 2018, the anniversary of the death of Lady Jane Grey, Unity Arts delivered a community created installation in the New Armouries at the Tower Of London.
This event was a culmination of all the research and responses of the various Unity Arts teams to the life and early demise of the Nine Day Queen.
The exhibition looked absolutely stunning and the work on display and in performance was of a high standard and created with care.
There was artwork, research, individual projects, costume, films, and Live Events from Dr Zoe Hudson, Dramatisation of Primary Sources including letter and poem extracts in Lady Jane Grey’s own words and programme from the Hackney based community choir, Silver Songbirds.
Also the Unity Arts Heritage Team’s booklets, essays and papers were available for distribution and over 400 copies left the room that day.
The room was absolutely packed with a completely mixed audience of children, teenagers, academics, educators, professional exhibitors, Tudor aficionados together with performers and researchers from every part of Hackney’s rich and diverse community.
There was also an opportunity for attendees to visit the rest of the Tower Of London and specifically Beauchamp Tower (site of Dudley’s graffito said to be engraved when he was prisoner there) and Tower Green where Jane Grey was executed.
Feedback is still coming in but EVERYONE has said what a fantastic day they had!
An installation and Live Events funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Mounted at St Katharine Cree and created by our community team of researchers and artists to explore the religious and political turmoil in Tudor England that led to the execution of the Nine Day Queen – Lady Jane Grey.
St Katharine Cree C Of E Church 86 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 3BP
There was a recent photography tour of the City Of London to search for relevant Throckmorton and Lady Jane Grey heritage sites to support the Heritage Lottery funded installation at St Katharine Cree from June 19 2017.
Included was a visit to The Guildhall.
The Guildhall was built in 1440, but parts date to 1411. And where the trials of Lady Jane Grey, and the Protestant Martyr Anne Askew took place.
The Guildhall was also where the trials for the nobles involved in Wyatt’s Rebellion were held. The accused did not have legal counsel, but had to conduct their own defence. Tried for treason, the nobles were given the death penalty. Of the accused, only Throckmorton was acquitted. To get acquitted from a Tudor court, particularly when you’re accused of committing treason, was a very unusual thing. Throckmorton must have been a very skilled public speaker – and had many connections – to manage this.
Also visited was St-Sepulchre-without Newgate.
A historical plaque outside St. Sepulchre’s with some history of the church. Roger Ascham, a scholar and tutor to Elizabeth I and secretary of Mary I, worshiped here, while its vicar John Rogers was the first Protestant martyr burned by Mary I.
One of our researchers, Pauline Goldsmith, discovered an ancestor George Goldsmith was buried here in 1785!