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

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