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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

Visit to Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

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by Annika Amundson and Hannah Vickers, 1st year students, MPhil Textile Conservation. A fundamental aspect of textile conservation is to understand the techniques and technology behind the objects we conserve. While conservators don’t need to be experts in every technique encountered, a working knowledge of what holds the threads together certainly helps. As part of… Continue reading

Prepare to Dye

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by Freya Gabbutt, First year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. In preparation for our Introduction to Dyeing at the end of the first semester of first year I experimented with dyeing my hair.  Apart from a transformation in colour and the propensity of dye to stain every surface it touches, I have decided they have little in… Continue reading

Dissertations

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by Emma Schmitt, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. The final assignment undertaken in the second year is the dissertation, a 15,000-20,000-word project.  During 12 weeks over the summer session we research and write on a topic of our own interest and choosing. The dissertation offers the chance to focus on a specific interest, build… Continue reading

Public Engagement: Establishing a Common Ground

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By Alice Young and Rosie Chamberlin, 2nd year students, MPhil Textile Conservation. As part of the second year Professional Development module, students from the Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC) are invited to take part in a number of public engagement talks. The session has predominantly been developed to enhance the public’s understanding of the work… Continue reading