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Soft skills in preventive conservation: IIC’s 2018 Turin Congress

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By Marina Herriges, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Conservation is a field which requires constant study and reading in order to build a strong foundation as a good professional. To achieve that, international events seem to be a place where professionals and students meet to discuss new trends and share their thoughts. This was… Continue reading

Golden notes: comments on the ICON 2018 Practical Gilding Course at the CTCTAH

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by Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio, PhD student in History of Art. As part of the activities organised by the Scotland Group of the Institute of Conservation (ICON), the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History (CTCTAH) of the University of Glasgow had the pleasure of hosting a 3-day practical gilding course, between the 3rd and… 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

CTC in USA

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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

Plus ça change……: A reflection on Open Day, 2018.

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by Sarah Foskett, Lecturer, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the assignments for the first year students on the MPhil Textile Conservation programme is to write a reflective account and as they are no doubt burning the midnight oil writing theirs, I decided I would come out in sympathy and reflect on the 2018 CTCAH Open… Continue reading

Graduation celebration

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Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. Many congratulations to our new graduates! The graduation ceremony for mainly postgraduate students in the College of Arts was held earlier this week, and it was very exciting to welcome the entire class of 2017 back to Glasgow for the occasion, the first time that a whole cohort has… 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

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