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MEG Conference

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The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History and the Hunterian Museum were delighted to host the 2017 Museum Ethnographers Group conference at the beginning of April.  Around 80 delegates came from as far away as New Zealand to hear two days of presentations from museum professionals and academics on the theme of cloth… Continue reading

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

European Researchers Night (Part 2): Situating a Pacific Barkcloth Explorathon stall

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 by Misa Tamura, Research Conservator for Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place The research team working on the project Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place were at a stall in the Hunterian Museum talking to visitors about the project and the museum’s Pacific barkcloth collection, as part of the University of… Continue reading

European Researchers Night (Part 1): ‘Crinolines, Coal Tar and the Colourists’

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By Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science. Background info:  European Researchers’ Night is an annual event funded by the European Commission that takes place in over 250 cities across Europe. #explorathon16 @ernScot. Explorathon 2016 was part of European Researchers Night where the contribution that research makes to all our lives was celebrated across… Continue reading

A ‘bumper’ year: Open Day 2016

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By Professor Nick Pearce, Trustee of the Textile Conservation Foundation and Richmond Chair of Fine Arts, University of Glasgow. The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History opened its doors again on Friday 18th March. Open Day at the Centre is an annual opportunity for those within and outwith the University to see and… Continue reading

The Weavers Society of Anderston Prize 2015

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  The Textile Conservation programme is very fortunate to be supported by The Weavers Society of Anderston, one of the organisations associated with The Trades House of Glasgow.  The Weavers Society presented student Hannah Vickers with a Certificate of Excellence at their annual lunch held on 11 September, to recognise her achievements in the first… Continue reading

40th anniversary of the founding of the Textile Conservation Centre

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by Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer in Textile Conservation. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) by Karen Finch OBE – an excellent opportunity to reflect on four decades of textile conservation education in the UK. Karen was a pioneering textile conservator.  After working at the V&A she established… Continue reading

Public Event: Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Saturday 20th June, 11am to 3pm. Free

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Paisley shawls. Glasgow’s Stoddard Templeton carpets. Turkey red calico from the Vale of Leven. Ayrshire lace. Cotton spinning in New Lanark. These are just some of the world-famous textile industries of 19th century Scotland. Today is it hard to imagine their global scale or local impact. Why were these textiles so popular? How were they… Continue reading