Barkcloth:Revealing Pacific Craft

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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. The activities of the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History encompass research as well as teaching on the textile conservation and technical art history programmes. A major research project on Pacific barkcloth, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is now nearing completion. The project… Continue reading

Conservation Conferences: Part 2 – ICOM-CC Textile Working Group

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by Karen Thompson, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. Having just unpacking packing my bags from a trip to Belfast for Icon19, it was time to set off again this time to Switzerland to attend the ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group Interim Meeting 2019. The conference took place over two days on the 20th and 21st June 2019… Continue reading

Conservation Conferences: Looking forward to new challenges – Part 1 – ICON19!

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by Karen Thompson, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. June 2019 provided professional colleagues, including staff, graduates, and current students of the Centre for Textile and the former Textile Conservation Centre with the opportunity to attend two conservation focused conferences: Icon19 (Institute of Conservation, 2019 Triennial Conference) in Belfast and ICOM-CC (International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation) textiles Working Group Interim Meeting… Continue reading

A collaborative project with GSA Archives and Collections: The final mount down!

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The final stage of the project to conserve a collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts from Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections focused on the best way to store the collections for the long term. This was something of a conundrum: as structurally sound, reasonably contemporary items a range of options had potential, but at… Continue reading

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