Since the Testers arrival last year we have been busy documenting its condition and previous treatments including the use of adhesive. This is starting to fail, become very hard and brittle with age and discoloured to dark brown from its use in the 1960s. Our first job was to remove this adhesive, not as easy… Continue reading Update on James II Bed 1688 from Knole, Kent
Last week we went to Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk to clean the damask wall hangings in the Cabinet room. In 1751 the room, which was originally a drawing room, was remodelled to accommodate the Italian pictures Willian Windham II had acquired on his Grand Tour. These still hang very much, as he originally planned. During our… Continue reading A clean house is a happy house
The tapestry, ‘Leander taking leave of his parents’ (c. 1660-90) has been at the Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk since March 2015. The tapestry is currently having a stitched conservation treatment, having already undergone full documentation, adhesive removal and wet cleaning. Removal of the 1960’s adhesive patch treatment resulted in the exposure of large areas… Continue reading Leander’s journey through tapestry conservation
Last Thursday the Studio closed for the day so we could all enjoy our Christmas outing. But before we could indulge in a delicious Christmas lunch we visited the the John Jarrold Printing Museum in Norwich, beautifully located next to the river Wensum. The John Jarrold Printing Museum was founded in 1982 by the Jarrold family, who… Continue reading A jolly to Jarrold Printing Museum
Last month Senior Conservator Rosamund Weatherall went to Mexico to talk about the conservation treatment of the Spangled Bed from Knole in Kent. The presentation "Topsy-turvy conservation: consolidating and wet cleaning the embellished hangings from the Spangled Bed, Knole" was presented at the North American Textile Conservation Conference in Mexico City. The conference was a… Continue reading Topsy-Turvy Conservation – A Mexican adventure
You can now follow us on Instagram under nttextileconservation. You will get a regular glimpse of what we get up to at the Studio.
The Argory in Northern Ireland, complete with its acetylene gas installation and light fittings, is an exceptionally rare survivor of a form of domestic lighting that enjoyed a period of popularity from the last decade of the nineteenth century until the late 1920s. The drawing room has a six-arm chandelier and four matching two-arm wall… Continue reading Fourteen Shades of Pink
If you missed it, on the 25th of October the Studio featured on Radio Norfolk Teatime Antiques and Collectables Programme. Matthew Gudgin and Mike Hicks had a look around the Studio and made us feel like local celebrities. Listen to it here! The interview was broadcasted 11 minutes and 41 minutes into the programme.
These caterpillars have been visiting the Studio on and off for the last fourteen years. They range in size and length but are always accompanied by a luxurious green ground and leave an orange trail wherever they go. They are in fact the silk trimmings from the James II Bed from Knole. The trimmings have… Continue reading The return of the illusive orange caterpillars!
Maria Jordan, Studio Manager, has written about her time in Copenhagen attending an ICOM-CC conference: I have just come back from an inspiring, thought-provoking and fun week in Copenhagen where I attended ICOM-CC 18th Triennial and 50th Anniversary conference. I met so many conservators from across the globe; in fact 58 countries were represented by… Continue reading Linking past and future