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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

While the MPs are away….. summer conservation project at the Palace of Westminster

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            by Freya Gabbutt, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. In August, during parliamentary recess, three students from the MPhil Textile Conservation programme at University of Glasgow and one BA (Hons) Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Lincoln worked together to work to maintain the Contemporary Textile Collection… Continue reading

Julie Wertz wins prestigious British Science Association Prize

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by Anita Quye, Lecturer, Conservation Science. I am thrilled to announce that Julie Wertz, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Scholar, is the winner of the British Science Association’s prestigious Jacob Bronowski Award Lecture for science and the arts. This recognises Julie’s outstanding communication skills for her cutting-edge novel research to recreate 19th c Turkey red dyeing to… Continue reading