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Conservation of an Edo fire fighting cape: Costume and class in Early Modern Japan

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By Nora Frankel, second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. For me, getting a new object for treatment in our second semester ‘Principles and Practice’ class is always met with excitement and anticipation.  When I lifted the tissue paper off what was to be my final project after reading the short description and client brief, I… Continue reading

The conservation of an 1820s cap (if something so extravagant can be called such).

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by Nora Frankel, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Wet cleaning of historic textiles for conservation is a surprisingly complex process. As textiles in collections can often contain degraded fibres, multiple layers and mixed materials, the practical and ethical decisions of washing increase drastically.  While wet cleaning may benefit some materials, it can potentially cause… Continue reading

Lessons in Colour: Washing a 19th Century Sampler

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by Aisling Macken, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As first year students at the Centre for Textile Conservation, we learn a variety of methods to clean a textile, and this year the most important method is undoubtedly the process of wet cleaning. As part of the wet cleaning module that takes place during the… Continue reading

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