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Drawn from History – Deconstructing Menswear Silhouettes from Historic Portraits

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by Anna F Robinson, First-year student, MPhil Textile Conservation Historic portraiture and art provide a unique and dynamic visual way for conservators to look at, understand, and contextualize how historic costume was worn and looked. Analysing period artwork for shape, style, drape and distribution of weight, was a valuable tool in a recent mounting project… Continue reading

Placements 2018: Part 1

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Written by the 2nd year students, MPhil Textile Conservation, compiled and edited by Emma Smith. For the last course of the first year of the MPhil Textile Conservation, we undertake a six week minimum work placement, giving us an opportunity to put the skills we have learnt in the first year into practice in a… Continue reading

Conservation in Practice excursions – Part 2: National Museums Scotland, Conservation and Collection Science

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By Marika Kesler, 2nd year student, MPhil Textile Conservation. As described in an earlier post, the second year course Conservation in Practice aims to put the theory and practice of textile conservation into a professional context, placing practical treatments and the wide ranging work of conservators at different institutions into that context.  While visiting lecturers to… 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

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