Conservation in Practice excursions – Part one: The Glasgow School of Art’s Collections and Archive Services

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by Marika Kesler, 2nd year Student, MPhil Textile Conservation and Sarah Foskett. The second year course Conservation in Practice aims, amongst other things, to put the theory and practice of textile conservation into a professional context and enhance the students understanding of the way practical treatments are applied in different contexts. The timetable is mostly filled with… Continue reading

First years on tour

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by Emma Smith and Andrea Goldstein, first year students, MPhil Textile Conservation. As part of the first year conservation course, we take a class along with some of the Dress and Textile Histories students called Understanding Textiles where we learn about various techniques for making  textiles and yarns. Recently, we covered weaving and as an… Continue reading

Prizes

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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. I’m delighted to be able to give news of this year’s prizewinners. We are very grateful that The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, one of the oldest of the Livery Companies of the City of London, has continued to support us this year.  The Silver Medal 2017 was awarded… Continue reading

From Textiles to Lacquer

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Dr Jing Han, Professional Fellow, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). After completing my doctorate at the CTCTAH last year, specialising in the identification of textile dyestuffs, a couple of months ago I came to the GCI and began to do research on lacquer. The chemical characterisation of lacquer, especially Asian lacquer, is very challenging as it is hardly… Continue reading

Analytical dyes research at the CTCTAH: a five-year reflection

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By Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science. It has been an exciting five years for my research team and I while establishing scientific dye analysis for textile conservation and dress history at the University of Glasgow, and seems hardly any time since bringing my passion and expertise for analytical heritage science to the… Continue reading

ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference: Bringing ‘hygge’ to conservation

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The word ‘hygge'(pronounced hue-guh) is defined  as ‘a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)’ and is a concept that does well to describe the atmosphere at the International Council of Museums – Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) 18th Triennial Conference in Copenhagen… Continue reading

Preserving a Peace Camp

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By Kim Tourret, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the reasons I chose to undertake my student work placement at the Museum of London was the chance to work with a social history collection, and as a Londoner the opportunity to work with objects that are inextricably linked to London and its history… Continue reading

Wet cleaning tapestry: Verdure with the Arms of Miro at the Burrell Collection

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by Megan Creamer, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. While on break this spring, Staphany Cheng, Aisling Macken, and I had the opportunity to assist with wet cleaning a large 16th century tapestry at the Burrell Collections with textile conservator Helen Hughes. This French/Flemish tapestry, Verdure with the Arms of Miro, spent many years of… Continue reading

A Canadian in Glasgow

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by Aisling Macken, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the most interesting aspects of travelling and living in a new country is experiencing the differences in culture. Being in Scotland, one of the biggest cultural differences to Canada is football culture. After living in Glasgow for a year and a half, I was finally… Continue reading

A review of ‘New Methods of Bathing and Stain Removal for Textiles’ with Richard Wolbers

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by Sarah Foskett, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. We were delighted to host the course ‘New Methods of Bathing and Stain Removal for Textiles’ with Richard Wolbers this week. Over the 3 days of the course the 16 participants were informed, enlightened and challenged by the new approaches being offered for consideration. The principle focus of… Continue reading