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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

Anna Plowden Trust 20th anniversary

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Students from the MPhil Textile Conservation programme recently attended a reception at the Courtauld Gallery in London to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Anna Plowden Trust.   The Trust was set up in 1998 in memory of Anna Plowden, a pioneering conservator in the private sector. Textile conservators have benefited enormously… Continue reading


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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. I’ve recently returned from a research visit to the USA where it was a great pleasure to meet up with CTC and TCC graduates. I attended the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) conference in Houston and then went on to Washington, DC, to meet my Co-Investigator, Adrienne Kaeppler,… Continue reading

Volunteering for the Barkcloth Workshop

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This spring, four students from the CTC assisted with the Conservation of Polynesian Barkcloth & Practical Siapo Barkcloth Making workshop held at the University of Glasgow. The three-day workshop combined presentations and practical work led by two members of the research project Tapa: Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place, and two practising barkcloth… Continue reading

Dressing for an air raid

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PhD student Lucie Whitmore is coming to the end of her PhD research into the significance of dress from the First World War period.  She has made some fascinating discoveries about this surprisingly little-researched area of dress history, and is making recommendations on how dress from this period could be better represented in museum displays.  … Continue reading

Modern Material Artefacts: a new postgraduate programme for a new era

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By Dr Anita Quye, Programme Convenor for Modern Material Artefacts, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science, and Head of History of Art. Life became more fashionable and convenient when mass produced synthetic materials entered everyday living. For the last 160 years, plastics, colourants and fibres transformed from natural resources have been squeezed, rolled, pulled, blown, coated… Continue reading