Following the banner path: a visit to the People’s History Museum in Manchester

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by Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio, PhD student in History of Art. As part of my PhD in History of Art, I am aiming to characterise the context and manufacturing technique of a group of painted trade union banners in the collection of Glasgow Museums, all made by the companies of George Kenning towards the turn of… Continue reading

Placements 2018, Part 2.

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In this second part, three students give an overview of their experiences of placements based  in London and of sharing their experiences once back in Glasgow at the placement presentations.       Emma (The British Museum ) I carried out a 9 week placement at the British Museum within Organics Conservation, largely working with the four textile conservators in the… Continue reading

Placements 2018: Part 1

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Written by the 2nd year students, MPhil Textile Conservation, compiled and edited by Emma Smith. For the last course of the first year of the MPhil Textile Conservation, we undertake a six week minimum work placement, giving us an opportunity to put the skills we have learnt in the first year into practice in a… Continue reading

Soft skills in preventive conservation: IIC’s 2018 Turin Congress

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By Marina Herriges, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Conservation is a field which requires constant study and reading in order to build a strong foundation as a good professional. To achieve that, international events seem to be a place where professionals and students meet to discuss new trends and share their thoughts. This was… Continue reading

Golden notes: comments on the ICON 2018 Practical Gilding Course at the CTCTAH

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by Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio, PhD student in History of Art. As part of the activities organised by the Scotland Group of the Institute of Conservation (ICON), the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History (CTCTAH) of the University of Glasgow had the pleasure of hosting a 3-day practical gilding course, between the 3rd and… Continue reading

Taking inspiration from armadillos: articulated forms as a way of creating rigidity with movement

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By Becky Doonan, 2nd year student. During the second semester of the final year, students are each given an object to treat and analyse fully, as a final practical project. My project was a 1950’s Dior dress from Manchester Art Gallery (MCAG) and the cost of conservation was met by a MCAG grant from Collecting Cultures (HLF).… Continue reading

Anna Plowden Trust 20th anniversary

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Students from the MPhil Textile Conservation programme recently attended a reception at the Courtauld Gallery in London to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Anna Plowden Trust.   The Trust was set up in 1998 in memory of Anna Plowden, a pioneering conservator in the private sector. Textile conservators have benefited enormously… Continue reading

CTC in USA

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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. I’ve recently returned from a research visit to the USA where it was a great pleasure to meet up with CTC and TCC graduates. I attended the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) conference in Houston and then went on to Washington, DC, to meet my Co-Investigator, Adrienne Kaeppler,… Continue reading