Early Textile Study Group course, part 1

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by Sarah Foskett, lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. It felt rather strange to be going somewhere and I was filled with both excitement and slight trepidation as I dusted off my holdall and headed off to Slaithwaite in Yorkshire for the Part 1 of the ETSG Identifying and Describing the Structures of Archaeological and Historic Textiles… Continue reading

Placement with Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd

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by Catherine Harris, second year student. After being unable to complete a placement as planned in the summer of 2020 as part of the Textile Conservation programme at the University of Glasgow, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to go and work with Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd (ZTC) in-person. For three weeks between… Continue reading

Treasures unearthed: the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History moves to Kelvin Hall

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By Nicole Giacomantonio, Textile Conservator. The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History has officially moved house! After 10 years in the Robertson building, the Centre has relocated temporarily to the Hunterian Collections Study Centre, awaiting the development of a more permanent lodgings, also in Kelvin Hall, scheduled for completion later in the year.… Continue reading

Karen Finch centenary

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Ahead of Karen’s centenary on 8th May 2021, please visit the blog on the Karen Finch website. Here you can find out what is planned for the centenary year and where to send your recollections and reminiscences for inclusion in the upcoming Centenary section of the site.

Arsenic and old…..hats?

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by Callie Jerman, second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation It’s strange sometimes how themes can re-occur throughout a project or course.  For the current second-year students one theme of the semester was ‘pesticides’.  Historic pesticide use in museums is a huge problem, as a wide variety of toxins were applied to objects, starting in the… Continue reading

A love letter to ‘dyer’s beige’

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by Beth Gillions, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation My first encounter with dyeing came at a young age when my family started participating in historical re-enactments at a beautiful Tudor Manor House in Suffolk. Nestled in the grounds of Kentwell Hall’s barn sward sits the woolshed where first I learned to turn sheep’s fleece to yarn, and the ‘Dyers’ where I first… Continue reading

Breaking down: sustainable textiles and practices

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By Katica Laza, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Over the past decade we have become more aware of the impact the fashion and garment making industry has on the world. Reports have emerged not only of the humanitarian issues, such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza in 2013 which highlighted the inequality and… Continue reading

A stitch in time – conserving an Arts & Crafts embroidery

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by Caterina Celada Prior. MPhil Textile Conservation, student graduate 2020. In January 2020, I started working on the conservation of what would be my final project of the programme. This was a beautifully embroidered panel in the Arts & Crafts style attributed in design and execution (c. 1880-1905) to Maggie Hamilton. This painter and embroiderer… Continue reading