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Understanding Textiles: from fibre to fabric

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By Daisy Graham, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the courses that we take in the first semester is called Understanding Textiles. From spinning to sprang, it provides insight into the many different and varied processes involved in creating textiles.  We look at processing and spinning raw fibres, woven and unwoven structures, surface… Continue reading

From Stretch to Snap

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by Megan Mary Creamer, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. One of the most exciting ways to learn about the strength and stretch of textiles is to do mechanical (tensile) testing.. Recently at the CTC, Dr Margaret Smith, taught a theoretical and practical class to first year students on tensile testing of fabric and fibre samples.… Continue reading

Work placements

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by Karen Thompson, University Teacher. Summer is a very busy time for the MPhil Textile Conservation students. Whilst many students are enjoying a long vacation, ours are engaged in writing dissertations or work placements.  A key component of the first year of the programme is to undertake a work placement in a museum or other heritage… 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

Work placement presentations and work placement at the Ashmolean Museum

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by Harriet Perkins, Second Year MPhil Textile Conservation student and Sarah Foskett, University Teacher. Every year, the second year students give presentations about the work placements they undertake in the summer. The presentations are a super opportunity for the students to share their experiences with staff, Textile Conservation Foundation (TCF) trustees and other students, including, 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

From start to finish

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by Hannah Sutherland, First year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Textile conservation treatments are always a culmination of many steps. Which steps we choose to take, and the order in which they are completed, varies depending on the object, the type of damage and the needs of the client. The first semester of the MPhil Textile Conservation… Continue reading

Material Cultures: Examining an Afghan coat from Dumfries Museum

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by Hannah Vickers, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. At first glance, textile conservation can appear to be a profession purely focused on the tangible aspects of objects. But, as I have discovered, an important part of the profession is the understanding of an object’s meaning and significance. During our first semester here at the… Continue reading