Open Day 2022: a series of firsts

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by Joanne Hackett, Lecturer MPhil Textile Conservation Well, what with one thing and another it had been three years since the Centre for Textile Conservation hosted an open day and so we were delighted to see over 70 guests to Open Day 2022 on the 13th of May.  Our Open Day saw are series of… Continue reading

Third time’s the charm: The perks of giving a presentation several times

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by Camille Lafrance, Second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation It is not common for a student to have the opportunity to do a presentation more than once; presentations are often forgotten soon after they are given. During our busy semesters, there are never enough chances to reflect further on the feedback received and go back… Continue reading

Horsing Around: Identifying Horsehair in Historic Textiles

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By Tabby Gibbs, First Year Student, MPhil Textile Conservation As we are now well into the second semester, my fellow first years and I have been reflecting on the vast amount we learnt in the first term. One of the things I particularly enjoyed studying was microscopy; the ability to tell different fibres apart through… Continue reading

Edit for Climate Change

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by Kirstin Ingram, second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. During the United Nations Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (COP26), politicians, participants, and protesters descended on Glasgow to join the discussion of climate change and sustainability. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate… Continue reading

Irene Emery, deconstructing and defining tradition: dance pioneer, sculptor, textile authority

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by Sebastian B Pin, 2nd year MPhil Textile Conservation student. On 14th  of April 1929, a Sunday evening, Martha Graham took to the stage of the Booth Theatre, New York, to present a pioneering new programme of dance which marked the debut performance of her newly formed company: Martha Graham and Group. The programme of… Continue reading

Beautifully embellished with beadwork

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by Nicole Giacomantonio, recent graduate. I was very fortunate to spend the last month at the Kelvin Centre for Conservation and Cultural Heritage Research to undertake the final stage of treatment on a 1920s’ gold beaded dress belonging to Glasgow Museums. The dress (E.1973.62.b) was originally purchased from Murielle’s of Sauchiehall St in Glasgow and… Continue reading

Cleaning in puddles – a modified approach for a fragile textile

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By Erinn Dunlea, first year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. Conservators must tailor each conservation treatment to the needs of the object in their care. This can be informed by the object’s nature, condition, and the context and objectives of the treatment. This past semester I undertook the conservation of a length of fabric which belongs… Continue reading

The 19th ICOM-CC Virtual Triennial Conference 2021, Beijing, China

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It has been quite an academic year for all students and staff, especially as on top of navigating post-graduate learning and teaching during a pandemic we also managed the additional upheaval of relocating to Kelvin Hall over the Easter break. By way of acknowledgement of our fortitude and flexibility the Textile Conservation Foundation (TCF) generously… Continue reading