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The conservation of an 1820s cap (if something so extravagant can be called such).

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by Nora Frankel, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Wet cleaning of historic textiles for conservation is a surprisingly complex process. As textiles in collections can often contain degraded fibres, multiple layers and mixed materials, the practical and ethical decisions of washing increase drastically.  While wet cleaning may benefit some materials, it can potentially cause… Continue reading

Jing Han receives a prestigious China Scholarship Council award

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Many congratulations to Jing Han who has been selected by the China Scholarship Council for their prestigious annual National Excellent Self-Funded Students Scholarship. The scholarship is in recognition of Jing’s academic excellence for her PhD research of traditional Chinese textile dyes at the CTC supervised by Dr Anita Quye and Prof Nick Pearce, for which… Continue reading

Spreading the word: giving a talk at Edinburgh College of Art

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by Hannah Vickers, Harriet Perkins, Michelle Hunter, 2nd Year Students, MPhil Textile Conservation. Recently, the three of us paid a visit to Edinburgh College of Art to talk to Textile students and Embroiderers’ Guild members about textile conservation. On an intensive, specialised course, it’s easy to forget how to describe and explain what we do… Continue reading

Textiles in Lahore

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by Frances Lennard, Senior lecturer. I have just returned from a visit to Lahore in Pakistan – although it was just a short trip, it was a great privilege to get an insight into the heritage sector in the country. I took part in a workshop on curating and conserving textile collections which was part… Continue reading

Karen Finch OBE, DLitt, awarded Lord Balfour of Burleigh Tercentenary Prize

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The Trustees of the Textile Conservation Foundation are delighted to announce that Karen Finch, who founded the original Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) 40 years ago in 1975, has been awarded a prestigious prize by the Trustees of the Radcliffe Trust. The Balfour of Burleigh Tercentenary Prizes for Exceptional Achievement in Crafts are named in honour… Continue reading

Advanced nanocomposite design/Conservation of Tudor textiles: an exciting new PhD project at the University of Glasgow

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Smart nanoparticle platforms for the treatment of textile artefacts recovered from the Mary Rose The University of Glasgow is inviting applications for an exciting new PhD project at the University of Glasgow to design, develop and produce unique magnetic nanoparticles that will remove harmful species from textiles, with the focus being sail cloth, rope and leather… Continue reading

A grand graduation

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by Kate Clive-Powell, MPhil Textile Conservation graduate 2015, now Intern in Textile Conservation at Bowes Museum. With great excitement my classmates and I recently graduated as textile conservators. We are the Centre for Textile Conservation’s fourth cohort of students to graduate since it opened at The University of Glasgow in 2010. The occasion was marked by… Continue reading

North American Textile Conservation Conference

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  by Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer. I have just returned from the North American Textile Conservation Conference  which takes place every other year, and was in New York this November. It is the only big international conference dedicated to textile conservation and is a great opportunity to catch up with current projects and research.  The… Continue reading

Unexpected textiles: Conservation of a Victorian flying machine

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by Nora Frankel, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. It would not be incorrect to imagine that a typical day in the conservation studio for a textile conservator involves costumes, furnishings, tapestries, and many of the every day objects throughout history that are constructed of fabric. Sometimes, however, a unique object requires attention that falls… Continue reading

Monitoring costume on display: a collaborative project with Glasgow Museums

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by Caitlyn Picard: MPhil Textile Conservation Student Year 2. This upcoming year, my peers at the Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC) and I are participating in a unique project. We are partnering with Glasgow Museums in a project that is designed to monitor the environmental conditions in the exhibition: ‘A Century of Style: Costume and… Continue reading