The University of Glasgow Alumnae Presenting at the AIC 47th Annual Conference

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by Megan Creamer, graduate MPhil Textile Conservation, 2018.             Last week, five graduates of the Centre for Textile Conservation and one University of Glasgow doctoral graduate presented their research and current work at the American Institute for Conservation 47th Annual Meeting in May 2019. The meeting took place on Mohegan tribal lands in Uncasville, Connecticut,… Continue reading

Researching historic tapestries: a day-trip to Hampton Court Palace

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by Rosa Costantini, Phd student. As a nice break from the PhD routine, which in spring is marked by the stress for the upcoming annual progress review, at the beginning of April I spent a day visiting Hampton Court Palace. During the centuries, the palace was (one of) the houses of the royal family, particularly… Continue reading

Upholstery and tapestry, part 1: Oh my!

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by Kayla Silvia, 2nd Year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Introduction In the final semester of the second year at the Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC), students have the opportunity to focus on a complex conservation treatment.  My artifact is a tapestry covered stool from Knole, a National Trust property in Kent.  Knole is still inhabited… Continue reading

Open day 2019

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By Sarah Foskett, lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation “Who even comes to your Open Day anyway?” asked my daughter in that withering tone that teenagers reserve largely for their parents. Of course I had neither the time nor the inclination to reply to what I am confident was a rhetorical question anyway. But as I cycled… Continue reading

A collaborative project with GSA Archives and Collections : Wet cleaning

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by Nicole Giacomantonio, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Since beginning on the MPhil Textile Conservation course, I have been asked many questions about what I have learned, but none more than “How can I get wine stains out of my couch?” Truthfully, after six months on the course I thought I would have a… Continue reading

Integrated Pest Management: putting principles into practice at Newhailes House

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By Danica Auld, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. A visit to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) property, Newhailes House, was a great opportunity to integrate our learning from the Preventive Conservation course with professional practice. We experienced a day-long excursion of taught and practical sessions, addressing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for typical pests… Continue reading

A collaborative project with GSA Archives and Collections : Introduction

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by Anaka Asokan and Echo Godfrey. The Centre for Textile Conservation has always fostered collaboration and has worked with many museums and institutions to provide students with opportunities and experiences of working with ‘real’ objects and conservation scenarios. This semester the students at the CTC are working on a collaborative project with the Glasgow School… Continue reading

It’s a wrap!

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Marika Kesler and Aisling Macken, Conservation Assistants on the Pacific barkcloth project. As the project Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place wraps up, the objects to be returned to the partner institutions needed wrapping up as well. We joined the project for the final three months to finalise photography, conservation, and storage of… Continue reading

Our graduating students 2019

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by Frances Lennard It was a real pleasure to attend the graduation ceremony for our students recently – this is always one of the highlights of the year.  The ceremony, held in the grand surroundings of the University’s Bute Hall and cloister, is a blend of the traditional and the contemporary – the graduands’ families… Continue reading

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