Times and dates

The Oxford Conference of Corsetry (OCOC17) takes place at Jesus College Oxford from 26-27 August 2017.

The Conference starts early on Saturday 26 August 2017 with registration and coffee.

Registration will take place in the JCR foyer and will be open from 8.45am.  Coffee will be available in the main conference area until 9.30am.  

At registration you will receive a badge, a goody bag and a programme.  At 9.45am sharp, the conference will begin with a 'welcome' address which will tell you all about the proceedings and the housekeeping rules of the College.  The first workshop will start at 10.00am  prompt. 

In order that everyone does what they want to do and has enough time to do so, delegates will be put into colour coded groups.  This will ensure a fair rotation between workshops.  Groups and colours will be made clear on your badge and in the programme.

Workshops take place all day on Saturday and Sunday.  Participants shooting on Sunday may have to sacrifice some time in workshops. 

The conference will end around 4.30-5.00pm on the afternoon of Sunday 29 August.

* times are subject to change and will be as they appear on the final programme.

Food and drink

All morning and afternoon refreshments and meals during the course of the conference are included in the conference fee.  On Saturday evening there will be a drinks reception Oxford style on the quod, followed by a formal dinner in Hall.  You will feel very "Inspector Morse".  There will be a 'wine bar' available during the dinner for cash sales of wine during dinner.  After dinner we have a performance by America Burlesque Star, Miss Tosh.  

Wine and bar drinks are not included in the price. 

We would love everyone to dress for the occasion!

A room with a view

The conference fee includes accommodation on the Saturday evening.  Rooms are either single en-suite with their own bathroom, or single with a separate bathroom shared with one other.  Please remember that this is student accommodation - it's lovely, clean and comfortable (honestly, Oxford students don't know they're born), but it isn't The Ritz so don't expect room service or a trouser press in the bedroom. 

Attendees wishing to extend their stay either side of the conference may do so at Merton at the rate of £70 per room per night including VAT and breakfast.  Details of how to book will be posted on this page in early 2016.  The conference will have a private allocation of rooms so there is no need to panic that they will be sold out before we have a chance to book.

Please note that due to the age of Oxford Colleges, disabled facilities can be difficult to accommodate.  Merton college is very large and there are a number of steps to negotiate.  If you have concerns, please contact us.

Parking

There is NO PARKING at the college and parking in Oxford city is very expensive.  It is strongly advised that you use public transport to get to the College which is in the centre of Oxford.  Bus and rail links are easy peasy from most everywhere and you can get taxi's to ferry you from stations to the College.  Oxford does have a Park and Ride system which may be useful, but please check if your chosen car park has an overnight parking facility.

Useful Links

Directions to Jesus College
Park and Ride scheme Oxford
Train timetables
Airport buses - the Airline between London airports and Oxford
Oxford Bus Company - goes between London and Oxford
Oxford Tube - another bus company gong between London and Oxford
How to get to Oxford
(including maps information on the University)
Things to do in Oxford

Shooting on Sunday

Our beautiful models will be available on Sunday along with three very talented photographers.  There will be a strict booking system of 40 minute slots in order to fit everyone in.  

A booking form will be sent by email to those who have indicated on the registration form that they would like a shoot spot.  This email will be sent out early in 2016.

The modelling timetable will be available at check-in on Saturday.   The cost of each modelling slot is £35.00.  Images are priced at £30.00 each with a free image if you buy 4.   Shoots will take place in fixed locations around the college and are weather permitting.

We request that shoots are fully fashioned, and the college rules state that all lingerie shoots take place in a specified indoor location.  The college is part of an ancient institution with certain sensibilities which must be respected.

Modelling slots will be allocated early in 2016 and are subject to separate terms and conditions.

What to bring

  • Corsets to show and tell or work on - Optional
  • Something to wear for dinner on Saturday - again optional but most people like an excuse to dress up. Dinner is a 3 course meal so if you do wear a corset, make sure it's one you can eat in!
  • Fabric and embellishments for the swap shop - One corset makers scrap is another corset makers treasure.  Don't buy anything for this, just bring things from your stash that you don't need or want, or simply stuff you'd like to share.
  • Outfit for your model if you have a slot - a dressing up box will be provided but if you are asking the model to model underwear, make sure you bring something to keep her modest (bra/pants) - models are also bringing 'plain' outfits which will go with most anything but if you want a specific look then you must provide.
  • Camera/pad/pens/pencils etc.,  Anything you need to make notes

Facebook group

As a social add on which has become a valuable resource for attendees of the conference, we have a private Facebook group.  When you have booked and paid for your place at the conference you can join the group by clicking here.  

Further information

For further local information please click here