David Smith Unpacked: a dye manual collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework’

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By Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer, Conservation Science. Studying one historical dyeing manual with beautiful textile swatches is exciting enough. Comparing multiple copies of the same book for colour similarities and differences is a rare treat. Thanks to funding secured from the Worshipful Company of Dyers by Dr Susan Kay-Williams, textile historian and chief executive… Continue reading


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by Clare Meredith ACR, Chairman, Textile Conservation Foundation. The Trustees of the Textile Conservation Foundation (TCF) are delighted to learn of the news of Frances Lennard’s promotion from Senior Lecturer to Professor and, as Chairman, I invite all readers of this blog to join in TCF trustees’ congratulations to Professor Lennard. Frances joins just a tiny… Continue reading

Summer Placement at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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by Beth Knight, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Back in November when we were asked where we would like to do our summer placements, my first thought was the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) and luckily they were able to take me. The PMA’s costume and textiles collection spans history and the globe, and… Continue reading

Work placements

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by Karen Thompson, University Teacher. Summer is a very busy time for the MPhil Textile Conservation students. Whilst many students are enjoying a long vacation, ours are engaged in writing dissertations or work placements.  A key component of the first year of the programme is to undertake a work placement in a museum or other heritage… Continue reading

Turn and Face the Change: Institute of Conservation (ICON) third triennial conference

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by Michelle Hunter, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. In June I had the opportunity to attend the Institute of Conservation (ICON) third triennial conference in Birmingham, United Kingdom. ICON is the professional body for the conservation of cultural heritage in the United Kingdom.  The triennial conference was an opportunity for members of all conservation… Continue reading

中国古代染色拼图, The Jigsaw Puzzles of Dyeing in Ancient China

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by Dr Jing Han, Research Associate. 韩婧,助理研究员 374 Pages, 85619 words, 1245 days: when the final copy of my PhD thesis was printed, bound and lying quietly in front of me, I breathed a deep sigh of relief, and felt a great sense of accomplishment. From the archival research on historical Chinese dye recipes to… Continue reading

A Study in Scarlet: researching Colin Mackenzie’s bloodstained jacket

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by Hannah Vickers, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation *warning: contains a graphic description of violence which some may find upsetting* Here at the Centre it’s unusual to know any detail about the history of the objects we work on. We can make educated guesses as to why a garment might be stained or torn,… Continue reading

Another view of The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn tapestry

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Members of the project team: Dr Philip Harrison, from the School of Engineering at University of Glasgow and Cecilia Voss, PhD student, with the scanning team.

by Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer in Textile Conservation. Regular readers of this blog will know about our tapestry monitoring project at Stirling Castle part of the wider research project: From the Golden Age to the Digital Age: Modelling and Monitoring Historic Tapestries. As a further contribution to this research, Historic Environment Scotland’s Digital Documentation team… Continue reading

Prospective students

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New application deadline for entry in 2016 There is  a further opportunity to apply for a place on the MPhil Textile Conservation programme starting in September 2016. The application deadline is Thursday 16 June 2016. Skype interviews will be held on Friday 24 June.   Application deadline for entry in 2017 For entry in September… Continue reading