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Tricky “textiles”

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by Hannah Sutherland, 2nd year student MPhil Textile Conservation The term textile can mean many things to different people and across museum collections. The requirement of a “textile” conservator to work on items which are not textiles in the traditional sense can vary depending on institution collection, institution staffing or personal specialism. As we head… Continue reading

Deconstructing the Artefact: Uncovering the origin of a leather pot

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by Harriet Perkins, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. When a conservator is first presented with an object it is important to find out as much information about it as possible. This informs the conservator of the significance of the object, construction and materials used as well as indicating the causes of deterioration. As part… Continue reading

Getting to Know You: A Team Effort for the Westminster School Uniform Project

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By Keira Miller. First year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As a new MPhil student here at the Centre for Textile Conservation, it feels as if we have been exposed to new techniques and concepts on an almost daily basis. In a relatively short amount of time we have been introduced to conservation stitching, humidification options… Continue reading

Napery of Distinction

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by Michelle Hunter, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Over the last few weeks we first years have been exploring the theory and practice of wet cleaning in textile conservation. Wet cleaning is cleaning with water (and sometimes other conservation additives such as detergents) and is used in textile conservation to remove soiling and residues… Continue reading

Glues for shoes

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by Jamie Robinson, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. In the first semester of the second year students at the Centre for Textile Conservation undertake an intensive two week adhesive workshop.  Adhesive treatments tend to be used by textile conservators for objects which are either brittle, painted or non-textile or where  access for stitching is… Continue reading

Archaeological Textiles: a collaboration with the British Museum

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by Geraldine Sim and Gennifer Majors As the last project before our work placement, those of us in our first year at the CTC undertook an exciting new adventure in our studies:  a collaborative project with the British Museum to conserve ancient archaeological textiles.  These pieces had been buried for over a thousand years in… Continue reading

The ethical questions raised in the wet cleaning of a football shirt from 1906

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by Cecilia Voss, First year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. During the first year we learn about the process of wet cleaning through the treatment of both a white and coloured object. For my coloured object I was delighted to work on a Scotland football shirt from 1906. However, the decision to wet clean this shirt… Continue reading

A Fashionable Treatment: Investigating and conserving a 1937 silk Schiaparelli evening dress

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by Emily Austin, Second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. The second term of the final year is our chance to apply everything we have learnt so far on the course, whether that may be through documentation, choosing a suitable cleaning method, stitching or adhesive treatments. It is also a chance to gain confidence in decision… Continue reading