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Irene Emery, deconstructing and defining tradition: dance pioneer, sculptor, textile authority

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by Sebastian B Pin, 2nd year MPhil Textile Conservation student. On 14th  of April 1929, a Sunday evening, Martha Graham took to the stage of the Booth Theatre, New York, to present a pioneering new programme of dance which marked the debut performance of her newly formed company: Martha Graham and Group. The programme of… Continue reading

Collaboration in practice: Clay poultices and regenerated cellulose membranes

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by Catherine Harris, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. My virtual placement experience, like all my classmates, was unexpected and came with challenges as well as tremendous rewards. The research project, which made up my virtual placement, was with Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd (ZTC), an independent conservation studio based in Brighton, United Kingdom. Started by… Continue reading

The end of the Pacific barkcloth project

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by Frances Lennard. We were fortunate to receive follow-on funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue our Pacific barkcloth project this year – the funding was intended to help us to take our research to a wider audience. We originally planned to hold barkcloth workshops in five museums around the UK earlier… Continue reading

The Fashion and Race Database

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Megan Creamer, Isabel Bader Research Fellow, Queen’s University, Art History and Art Conservation Program. Stapheny Cheng, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Textiles, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The study of fashion, dress, and textiles has always been closely aligned with research on the presentation of self, and socio-cultural identities of all kinds including… Continue reading

Barkcloth:Revealing Pacific Craft

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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. The activities of the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History encompass research as well as teaching on the textile conservation and technical art history programmes. A major research project on Pacific barkcloth, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is now nearing completion. The project… Continue reading

Researching historic tapestries: a day-trip to Hampton Court Palace

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by Rosa Costantini, Phd student. As a nice break from the PhD routine, which in spring is marked by the stress for the upcoming annual progress review, at the beginning of April I spent a day visiting Hampton Court Palace. During the centuries, the palace was (one of) the houses of the royal family, particularly… Continue reading

Following the banner path: a visit to the People’s History Museum in Manchester

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by Daniel Sanchez Villavicencio, PhD student in History of Art. As part of my PhD in History of Art, I am aiming to characterise the context and manufacturing technique of a group of painted trade union banners in the collection of Glasgow Museums, all made by the companies of George Kenning towards the turn of… 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

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