From Stretch to Snap

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by Megan Mary Creamer, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the most exciting ways to learn about the strength and stretch of textiles is to do mechanical (tensile) testing.. Recently at the CTC, Dr Margaret Smith, taught a theoretical and practical class to first year students on tensile testing of fabric and fibre samples.… Continue reading

The Dragon Banner

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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. I’ve just returned from the city of Tainan in Taiwan where I was invited to visit the Institute of Cultural Heritage Preservation Research, part of the Ministry of Culture’s Bureau of Cultural Heritage, to  discuss the treatment of two dragon banners. The banners are very significant cultural objects,… Continue reading

European Researchers Night (Part 2): Situating a Pacific Barkcloth Explorathon stall

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 by Misa Tamura, Research Conservator for Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place The research team working on the project Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place were at a stall in the Hunterian Museum talking to visitors about the project and the museum’s Pacific barkcloth collection, as part of the University of… Continue reading

European Researchers Night (Part 1): ‘Crinolines, Coal Tar and the Colourists’

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The audience ‘goody bag’ with a piece of coal tar soap and magenta-dyed silk for a take-home citizen science experiment © Anita Quye, University of Glasgow.

By Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science. Background info:  European Researchers’ Night is an annual event funded by the European Commission that takes place in over 250 cities across Europe. #explorathon16 @ernScot. Explorathon 2016 was part of European Researchers Night where the contribution that research makes to all our lives was celebrated across… Continue reading

Silver celebration for Nell

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Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation This year is an important milestone, marking 25 years since Nell Hoare became Director of the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC). Nell has maintained her involvement with textile conservation education since the TCC closed in 2009, becoming consultant to the Textile Conservation Foundation (TCF) and playing a very important role… Continue reading

Prizes

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Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. We are very fortunate to be supported by three different institutions which each award an annual prize to recognise the achievements of one of the Textile Conservation students.   Keira Miller received an award at the end of the first year of the programme from the Weavers’ Society of Anderston,… Continue reading

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

Congratulations!

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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