Open day 2017: time to shine!

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by Cecilia Voss, Phd student. Training to be a textile conservator is a full-time, life changing commitment and so the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History Open Day is a well-deserved opportunity for the students to really shine. In front of friends, family, funders, clients and professional colleagues, the students were able to… Continue reading

Keep calm and carry on cleaning!

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By Laura G. García Vedrenne, first year student, MPhil in Textile Conservation. Different types of soiling can be found altogether in historic textiles. When this happens, conservators find it useful to classify or characterize each type of soiling in order to match its removal with a specific cleaning process. To sum it up: the best way… Continue reading

Untangling a network of knots

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by Bevan O’Daly – 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As I near the end of the two-year course, it’s time put theory into practice. For one of my final projects I was given the challenge to conserve a black netted shawl from the Sande Society of Sierra Leone (A.1985.13.ip). The object belongs to Glasgow… Continue reading

Discovering the history of a blanket: Conserving a Ndebele wedding blanket

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by Aisling Macken, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As part of the MPhil programme at the Centre for Textile Conservation we undertake a work placement at a museum in the summer between our first and second years and it is always thrilling when objects we have conserved during our placements go on display. During my… Continue reading

Preserving the stains of history: the conservation of Colin MacKenzie’s bloodstained jacket

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by Hannah Vickers, recent MPhil Textile Conservation graduate. Earlier this year I completed the treatment of a unique bloodstained jacket from Annan Museum, part of Dumfries and Galloway Museums Service (for more information about the garment’s history see: A Study in Scarlet .   The jacket once belonged to Lieutenant-General Colin Mackenzie, commander of the… Continue reading

Understanding Textiles: from fibre to fabric

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By Daisy Graham, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the courses that we take in the first semester is called Understanding Textiles. From spinning to sprang, it provides insight into the many different and varied processes involved in creating textiles.  We look at processing and spinning raw fibres, woven and unwoven structures, surface… Continue reading

Tapestry advisory meeting

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by Margaret Smith, Research Associate & University Teacher. The Leverhulme funded research project,  ‘From the Golden Age to the Digital Age: Modelling and monitoring historic tapestries’  held its first advisory panel meeting at the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow on the 30th Nov 2016. The meeting kicked off with the project team, made up of conservators and… Continue reading

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