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Filtered Light on Light-Sensitive Dyes: A Pilot Project

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  By Dr Anita Quye, Lecturer in Conservation Science, Centre for Textile Conservation. Exposing textiles coloured with light-sensitive natural and synthetic dyes to light is risky. Even under controlled museum conditions with ultraviolet and short wavelength visible light removed, these dyes can fade. Why? Because visible light still has enough energy to change the molecular structures… Continue reading

New staff

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Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer in Textile Conservation. We recently gained three new members of staff who are all working on the AHRC-funded project, Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place. This three-year project has just started – you can find more information about it on the project website: www.tapa.gla.ac.uk Misa Tamura is our Research… 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

From the Golden Age to the Digital Age: modelling and monitoring historic tapestries

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By Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer in Textile Conservation. Tapestry conservation research has just received a great boost: the Leverhulme Trust  has recently made an award of £200,000 to the University of Glasgow to carry out research into tapestry conservation and display. There are many magnificent collections of tapestries in museums and historic houses but they… Continue reading

Visiting Shetland Museums and Archives: Dissertation research and investigation

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by Geraldine Sim, 2nd year student MPhil Textile Conservation. About the project For my final year dissertation of the MPhil Textile Conservation course at the University of Glasgow, I am working with Dr Carol Christiansen from the Shetland Museum and Archives on the re-housing of a collection of archaeological textile fragments from the island of… Continue reading

Textile conservation graduate shortlisted for prestigious conservation award

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By Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer in Textile Conservation. We are delighted that a graduate of the MPhil Textile Conservation has been shortlisted for the prestigious Pilgrim Trust Student Conservator of the Year Award, one of the categories of the 2015 Icon Conservation Awards. Charlotte Gamper’s dissertation research on the conservation of viscose rayon is one of… Continue reading

It’s time to shine! Dissertation project on fluorescent labelling of adhesives

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By Maria Kinti, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Two years of studying Textile Conservation in Glasgow are about to finish with the final assignment, the dissertation, being in progress during this summer. This is a 15,000- words project that we undertake during 12 weeks. The topics each year are research based and range from… Continue reading

Tapestry monitoring project

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by Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer in Textile Conservation. We are very excited to have begun a new research project in collaboration with Historic Scotland. A camera has been installed in the Queen’s Inner Hall at Stirling Castle to take time-lapse images of the newly woven tapestry, The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn. The unveiling of the… Continue reading

New funding will shed light on ancient Pacific textile craft

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Unique, preserved textiles from the Pacific Islands are coming under the microscope courtesy of an innovative collaboration between textile conservation experts at the University of Glasgow, botanists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and barkcloth specialists at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The project is supported by a major grant from the Arts and… Continue reading

Painted banners – their construction and deconstruction

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by Dr Margaret Smith, Research Assistant. The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History (CTCTAH) has worked on the understanding of the construction and conservation of painted banners for many years and is currently active in their study. At the moment I am working on a short project entitled ‘Research on Model Painted Textiles’… Continue reading