Tag Archives: Glasgow Museums

Keep calm and carry on cleaning!

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett Leave a comment

By Laura G. García Vedrenne, first year student, MPhil in Textile Conservation. Different types of soiling can be found altogether in historic textiles. When this happens, conservators find it useful to classify or characterize each type of soiling in order to match its removal with a specific cleaning process. To sum it up: the best way… Continue reading

Untangling a network of knots

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett 2 Comments

by Bevan O’Daly – 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As I near the end of the two-year course, it’s time put theory into practice. For one of my final projects I was given the challenge to conserve a black netted shawl from the Sande Society of Sierra Leone (A.1985.13.ip). The object belongs to Glasgow… Continue reading

Conservation of an Edo fire fighting cape: Costume and class in Early Modern Japan

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett Leave a comment

By Nora Frankel, second year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. For me, getting a new object for treatment in our second semester ‘Principles and Practice’ class is always met with excitement and anticipation.  When I lifted the tissue paper off what was to be my final project after reading the short description and client brief, I… Continue reading

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

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett Leave a comment

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

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett Leave a comment

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

A ‘bumper’ year: Open Day 2016

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett Leave a comment

By Professor Nick Pearce, Trustee of the Textile Conservation Foundation and Richmond Chair of Fine Arts, University of Glasgow. The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History opened its doors again on Friday 18th March. Open Day at the Centre is an annual opportunity for those within and outwith the University to see and… Continue reading

Tricky “textiles”

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett Leave a comment

by Hannah Sutherland, 2nd year student MPhil Textile Conservation The term textile can mean many things to different people and across museum collections. The requirement of a “textile” conservator to work on items which are not textiles in the traditional sense can vary depending on institution collection, institution staffing or personal specialism. As we head… Continue reading

Monitoring costume on display: a collaborative project with Glasgow Museums

Published on: Author: sarahfoskett Leave a comment

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