Arsenic and old…..hats?

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by Callie Jerman, second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation It’s strange sometimes how themes can re-occur throughout a project or course.  For the current second-year students one theme of the semester was ‘pesticides’.  Historic pesticide use in museums is a huge problem, as a wide variety of toxins were applied to objects, starting in the… Continue reading

A love letter to ‘dyer’s beige’

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by Beth Gillions, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation My first encounter with dyeing came at a young age when my family started participating in historical re-enactments at a beautiful Tudor Manor House in Suffolk. Nestled in the grounds of Kentwell Hall’s barn sward sits the woolshed where first I learned to turn sheep’s fleece to yarn, and the ‘Dyers’ where I first… Continue reading

Breaking down: sustainable textiles and practices

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By Katica Laza, 1st year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Over the past decade we have become more aware of the impact the fashion and garment making industry has on the world. Reports have emerged not only of the humanitarian issues, such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza in 2013 which highlighted the inequality and… Continue reading

A stitch in time – conserving an Arts & Crafts embroidery

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by Caterina Celada Prior. MPhil Textile Conservation, student graduate 2020. In January 2020, I started working on the conservation of what would be my final project of the programme. This was a beautifully embroidered panel in the Arts & Crafts style attributed in design and execution (c. 1880-1905) to Maggie Hamilton. This painter and embroiderer… Continue reading

It’s a small world! Virtual visit to The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.

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Signe Marie Thøgersen, 2nd year student. Earlier this semester, the 1st and 2nd year students in the MPhil Textile Conservation Programme at The University of Glasgow all took a one-hour break from their studies and lab-work in order to visit the textile conservation department at The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design – in… Continue reading

Collaboration in practice: Clay poultices and regenerated cellulose membranes

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by Catherine Harris, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. My virtual placement experience, like all my classmates, was unexpected and came with challenges as well as tremendous rewards. The research project, which made up my virtual placement, was with Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd (ZTC), an independent conservation studio based in Brighton, United Kingdom. Started by… Continue reading

Our Virtual Placements

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By Yufei Xiang, Catherine Harris, Beth Gillions, Anna Robinson, Callie Jerman, Ásgrímur Einarsson and Signe Marie Thøgersen This year placements were undertaken remotely with students working with their placement host and mentor on a project of interest and relevance to the institution. In this blog, the now second year students give an overview of their… Continue reading

The end of the Pacific barkcloth project

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by Frances Lennard. We were fortunate to receive follow-on funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue our Pacific barkcloth project this year – the funding was intended to help us to take our research to a wider audience. We originally planned to hold barkcloth workshops in five museums around the UK earlier… Continue reading

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