New convenor of the MPhil Textile Conservation programme

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Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. The MPhil Textile Conservation programme has a new convenor: Karen Thompson has recently taken over the role from Frances Lennard, who has led the programme since it was established at the University of Glasgow in 2010, and before that at the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton. The programme… Continue reading

Unroll and Unfold: Preserving Textiles and Thankgkas to Last

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Dr Dinah Eastop and Dr Mary Brooks (Durham University), Honorary Research Fellows with the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, supplied this image from the recent conference in Hong Kong. TCC and CTC alumni gather, with Marion Kite (Conservator Emerita at the V&A) and Teresa Heady (Senior Objects Conservator, St Paul’s Cathedral), at… Continue reading

Lugs and Lobsters: a tale of relocation

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By Becky Doonan, 2nd Year Student, MPhil Textile Conservation Last month, the 2nd year MPhil Textile Conservation students at the Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC) had the opportunity to work with The Hunterian, Glasgow. Founded in 1807 on a bequest from Dr William Hunter, The Hunterian is home to one of the finest university collections in… Continue reading

Graduation celebration

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Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. Many congratulations to our new graduates! The graduation ceremony for mainly postgraduate students in the College of Arts was held earlier this week, and it was very exciting to welcome the entire class of 2017 back to Glasgow for the occasion, the first time that a whole cohort has… Continue reading

11th North American Textile Conservation Conference

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by Michelle Hunter, 2016 graduate. I was recently able to attend the 11th North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC), which is held every two years to share ideas and advancements in the field of textile conservation.  Each conference has a different theme and the theme of this one was ‘Embellished Fabrics: Conserving Surface Manipulation and Decoration’. … Continue reading

Conservation in Practice excursions – Part one: The Glasgow School of Art’s Collections and Archive Services

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by Marika Kesler, 2nd year Student, MPhil Textile Conservation and Sarah Foskett. The second year course Conservation in Practice aims, amongst other things, to put the theory and practice of textile conservation into a professional context and enhance the students understanding of the way practical treatments are applied in different contexts. The timetable is mostly filled with… Continue reading

First years on tour

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by Emma Smith and Andrea Goldstein, first year students, MPhil Textile Conservation. As part of the first year conservation course, we take a class along with some of the Dress and Textile Histories students called Understanding Textiles where we learn about various techniques for making  textiles and yarns. Recently, we covered weaving and as an… Continue reading

Prizes

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by Frances Lennard, Professor of Textile Conservation. I’m delighted to be able to give news of this year’s prizewinners. We are very grateful that The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, one of the oldest of the Livery Companies of the City of London, has continued to support us this year.  The Silver Medal 2017 was awarded… Continue reading

From Textiles to Lacquer

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Dr Jing Han, Professional Fellow, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). After completing my doctorate at the CTCTAH last year, specialising in the identification of textile dyestuffs, a couple of months ago I came to the GCI and began to do research on lacquer. The chemical characterisation of lacquer, especially Asian lacquer, is very challenging as it is hardly… Continue reading

Analytical dyes research at the CTCTAH: a five-year reflection

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By Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science. It has been an exciting five years for my research team and I while establishing scientific dye analysis for textile conservation and dress history at the University of Glasgow, and seems hardly any time since bringing my passion and expertise for analytical heritage science to the… Continue reading