If you have any specific enquiries or questions, or would just like to know more. Please do get in touch. If your answer does not appear in the following Q&A you will have a reply within 24 hours.
Q: When do tickets for OCOC go on sale?
A: OCOC19 tickets will go on sale from December 2019 until the end of March 2019.
Q: Where can I purchase tickets for OCOC?
A: Please click here to purchase tickets when they are available.
Q: Can I pay in installments?
A: Yes! We operate a payment plan for up to 4 installments as this is the maximum amount of payments we can administrate without entering into a formal credit agreement. Payments can be spread out from December to the end of June 2019.
Q: Why is there a handling fee for paying in installments?
A: Because we have to hire in an additional admin assistant to process the payments and keep on top of the accounting.
Q: Do I have to stay at Jesus College?
A: During the Event, yes. We have a special 24 hour delegate rate at the venue which isn’t cost effective to separate (ie: if we charged a day rate, the cost wouldn’t really change that much). The conference rate includes all meals and accommodation from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. Please see HERE for more details.
Q: Will there be accommodation available at the Venue either side of the Conference?
A: Yes there will be, and the cost will be around £70-75 B&B. The Venue will hold a block of rooms for those wishing to stay and these rooms will not be available to the general public. Details will follow in due course - probably around March or April 2019 so please don’t panik. In the meantime, if you wish to book alternative accommodation, please try "University Rooms" who book bed and breakfast services in other Oxford Colleges - it's a great way to explore Oxford and experience different aspects of the life of an Oxford student!
Q: When does the conference start and finish?
A: The conference officially starts at 09.00am on Saturday morning and finishes at 5pm on the Sunday. Most people arrive on Friday and we have ‘unofficial’ events for delegates on the Friday evening including a group dinner which is arranged via our Facebook page. Please see above regarding accommodation either side of the conference.
Q: Can I teach a workshop at the next conference?
A: Possibly! Please send us your ideas for a workshop and why you would like to do one. You will also need to send us examples of your work in the form of a portfolio and/or direct us to any online tutorials you may have shared, in the form of a blog/facebook page etc. Please have a read of the about and team pages... we really love people to take part who have enthusiasm and interest in the conference. So, it helps us know you are serious if we can see you know what we're about and who we are. Remember to include any links to your work, or we won't be able to consider you.
Q: Can I model or be a photographer for the next conference?
A: Please send us an email stating why you would like to be a photographer at OCOC, along with a link to your portfolio. Please have a read of the about and team pages... we really love people to take part who have enthusiasm and interest in the conference. So, it helps us know you are serious if we can see you know what we're about and who we are. Remember to include a link to your portfolio, or we won't be able to consider you. Tips: No portfolio = no reply. Similarly generic emails addressed to “hi” or “conference” will also receive no reply.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Jesus College is located in the heart of Oxford's city centre. The entrance to the College is on Turl Street. Click here to view a full downloadable map showing the location of the College and the main routes into Oxford.
Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway, with Junctions 8 and 9 linking directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to and from the south and west via the A34. There is no parking at the college and parking in Oxford city is very expensive so we recommend using the excellent Park and Ride service. Frequent bus services link five Park & Ride car parks located just within the ring road. They are: Pear Tree (no. 300) and Water Eaton (no. 500) (north); Seacourt (no. 400) (west); Redbridge (no. 300) (south); and Thornhill (no. 400) (east). Contact Oxford Bus Company on +44 (0) 1865 785400 or click here to view costs and availability.
Coach services from London
The Oxford Tube (01865 772250) and Oxford Express (01865 785410) provide a very frequent, direct service between London and Oxford. They run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and pick-up and drop off places in London include Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens and Marble Arch, among others. Once in Oxford, the best stop for Jesus is the High Street (called Queen's Lane), and Jesus College is a five-minute walk away. If you get off at the city centre coach station (called Gloucester Green), there is a taxi rank nearby or you can walk to College in 7-10 minutes.
Oxford is linked with both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports by The Airline coach service which operates a direct, regular service, day and night, seven days a week. To get to Oxford from London Stansted airport, use the National Express 757 coach, which runs every two hours.
If you get off the coach in Oxford at the stop on the High Street (called Queen's Lane), Jesus College is a five-minute walk away. If you get off at the city centre coach station (called Gloucester Green), there is a taxi rank nearby or you can walk to College in 7-10 minutes.
A direct train service operates between Oxford and London Paddington and runs about every 30 minutes. To reach Oxford from Birmingham New Street you will need to go via Banbury or Coventry. Other services to Oxford from different areas of the country are available via Reading, Birmingham New Street or Didcot. From Oxford train station, you can take a taxi to College from the taxi rank outside the station, catch a bus into the city centre, or enjoy a 15-minute walk. Enquire via National Rail Enquiries for journey information and fares.
More information on getting to Oxford is available via the Oxford University website.
Where will I be staying?
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 - the views are unique and the rooms are functional, 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.
If accommodation is required either side of the conference there will be a block of rooms for those wishing to stay and these rooms will not be available to the general public. Details will follow in due course - probably around March or April and the cost will be around £70-75 per person per night including breakfast and VAT. In the meantime, if you wish to book alternative accommodation, please try "University Rooms" who book bed and breakfast services in other Oxford Colleges - it's a great way to explore Oxford and experience different aspects of the life of an Oxford student!
What else is there to do?
If you want to make it a longer trip, especially if you're coming a distance, then there is lots on in the area.
There are beautiful buildings wherever you turn, art, literature and the ghosts of some of the greatest literary heroes and heroines. Of course, it's not far to London as well as being surrounded by idyllic countryside.
We're keeping the facebook page updated with relevant exhibitions and events occurring around the conference dates. So please do come by and check it out.
What should I bring?
Delegates are asked to bring embellishments to share and unwanted or surplus fabrics for the Embellishment Bar and fabric Swap Shop. These should just be unwanted items from the stash - but please bring the sort of thing you'd like to find yourself.
Other items that delegates are welcome to bring are of course examples of their own work either finished or in progress. Show and Tell is a fun part of networking and sharing information.
A notepad and pencil, camera etc are always useful (and you'll want to record your memories). And our Saturday evening banquet is an occasion most of our attendees love to dress up for.
Do I need to be an experienced corsetmaker?
No, all levels come to OCOC from people who've barely made one corset, up to very experienced makers. Our workshops and talks should offer something to everyone. We aim to provide choice to suit different levels and even if you find some information given too advance for you you'll still get a lot of help and support from other makers. It's as much about community and networking. All you really need is enthusiasm!
I'm not a corsetmaker, can I come?
We welcome everyone, although our workshops are geared towards makers. However not all our attendees are corset makers, the main qualification for coming is a passion for corsets.
BANNER PHOTO CREDIT: Corset by Magpie & Fox. Modelled by It's Jess. Copyright Tigz Rice Studios 2015