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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

Textiles from the Glasgow Japan Exchange of 1878: how a cultural exchange led to an academic one.

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By Josephine Dear, MLitt  Dress and Textile Histories student and Lorna Rowley, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Part 1: Research, Josephine The exchange In November 1878 the Japanese government gave to the City of Glasgow a remarkable collection of over 1,000 contemporary art wares. These ranged from architectural pieces, furniture, wood and lacquer ware,… Continue reading

MPhil Textile Conservation – a new opportunity to apply for 2017

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Frances Lennard An unexpected vacancy has arisen on the programme beginning in September 2017 and further applications are welcome. The application deadline is Monday 24 July.  Interviews will be held, in person or by skype, on Tuesday 8/ Wednesday 9 August.   Depending on need, bursary funding will be available for UK/EU or overseas students.… Continue reading