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Make, do and mend: A conservation in quarantine adventure

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By Beth Gillions and Anna F Robinson Setting the scene March 2020: lockdown of the UK in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has been declared and we, two first year textile conservation students, make a journey to the northwest of England to weather the uncertainty of lockdown with Beth’s family. The decision to leave… Continue reading

Valerie Carson (1936–2020)

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Valerie Carson, New Zealand’s pioneering textile conservator, died on 21 January. Please have a look at this lovely tribute to her remarkable life and work by Rachel Collinge and Rangi Te Kananwa.

The Life Changing Magic of Standardization

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by Anna Robinson, first year student MPhil Textile Conservation. In the last week of October, the first-year students paid a visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery at University of Manchester. At the Gallery, we were treated to a whirlwind tour, including both public and behind-the-scenes spaces by the museum’s textile conservator, Ann French. The tour… Continue reading

A group project: Conservation treatment of a 1930’s printed dress

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Authors: Charlotte Cameron, Emma Smith, Eva Maria Catic – recent graduates, MPhil Textile Conservation An additional project for us in the second semester was the wet cleaning of a c.1930’s printed dress from our Karen Finch reference collection. The dress was to be used in a costume mounting practical undertaken by the first years, and volunteers from second year were asked… Continue reading

It’s a wrap!

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Marika Kesler and Aisling Macken, Conservation Assistants on the Pacific barkcloth project. As the project Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place wraps up, the objects to be returned to the partner institutions needed wrapping up as well. We joined the project for the final three months to finalise photography, conservation, and storage of… Continue reading