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The Queen opened the Rolls Building yesterday. A small bird has informed me (actually a source at Bird & Bird) that attendance was quite low. This is a great pity. Previously on the blog I have lamented the move of the bankruptcy courts from their old venue in the RCJ to the new swanky building. Time will tell if the jurisdictional and physical change is for the better. There has been one happy outcome from the change of venue for bankruptcy cases. The move from the Thomas More building has thrown up some new items for the museum. These are destined for the clothing section of the museum and include a Bum Freezer (a Silk's court jacket - basically a waistcoat with sleeves with intricate buttoning and threading around the cuffs), two pairs of patent buckled shoes, various breeches and shoe buckles, some robe ornamentation materials (I do not currently know the proper name for these items - they are apparently used to augment a robe on ceremonial occasions) and a bands wallet.
It is hoped that these items can be used to recreate the official garb of the Registrars in Bankruptcy, much like the Official Receiver outfit display at the Insolvency Service's central London headquarters on Bloomsbury Street. The Museum is already home to Registrar Cunliffe's full bottomed wig and Professor Muir Hunter QC's working wig and silk gown.
On a related note another rare monograph has been acquired. WA Holdsworth's The Bankruptcy act of 1883 with introduction and notes and an appendix containing the Debtors act 1869 and an index (2nd edition 1883, Published by George Routledge and sons, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, London) has been acquired. The book was written by a W.A. Holdsworth, esq of Grays Inn, Barrister at law. My researches are not yet complete by I am hoping this W Holdsworth is a relative of Professor Sir William S. Holdsworth KC (born in 1871) sometime Downing Professor of the Laws of England in the University of Cambridge. I will keep readers update as my research continues.
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