As the current Levy Textile Conservation Intern I have had many opportunities to learn and progress on my journey to becoming a fully-fledged textile conservator. (If you’re interested in what I’ve been up to in my first year as Intern pleased read this blog … and this one… ) To kick off my second year… Continue reading Exciting Outing… Please take a seat!
Last Monday the Studio team expanded again when we welcomed two new conservators, Stella Gardner and Bevan O'Daly. Stella graduated from the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow in 2013. During her studies she undertook work placements at the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio and Textile Conservation Ltd, Bristol. On completion of her training… Continue reading New faces
In the early days of the Textile Studio, when it was under the direction of Pamela Clabburn, we collected a study collection of textile objects which were donated by members of the public. Unfortunately these objects have been sitting in boxes, as we have nowhere to display them. We are currently working on a programme… Continue reading Getting to grips with our gift collection
Since my first blog post back in September last year I have been very busy with all that being the current Levy Textile Conservation Studio intern entails. It seems very odd that I’m nearing the end of my first year, it’s gone so fast, but then they do say time flies when you’re having fun!… Continue reading My Textile Conservation Internship so far…
On the 20th June we closed the doors of the Studio for a day so that we could visit the historic silk mills in Sudbury, Suffolk. Today Sudbury is regarded as the most important centre for silk weaving in Britain, producing nearly 95% of the nation’s woven silk from its three working mills. We were… Continue reading Studio summer visit
In June three conservators from the Studio travelled to Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire to rehang the 11th conserved tapestry from the Gideon set. The tapestry had travelled to the property after the conservation treatment and was waiting for us in the Long Gallery. You can see a short video of the rehang on the Hardwick… Continue reading Gideon re-instated
For five days in May 2017, a team of Textile Conservators from the Studio traveled two miles down the road to Blickling Hall in Norfolk, to undertake condition surveys and estimates for treatment for all of the textile items on display on the visitor route. Blickling is a red-brick mansion left to the National Trust… Continue reading From Hand towels to State Beds
The Studio is privileged to be working on a 16th century English tapestry depicting the county of Oxfordshire owned by the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. It is one of a set of three map tapestries (Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, also in fragments) owned by University of Oxford, with a fourth tapestry (Warwickshire) in the set owned… Continue reading Location, Location, Location!
While work is still under way on the second tapestry from the Hero and Leander set from Cotehele, Cornwall, the conservation treatment of the last tapestry Death of Leander has started. Before any treatment was carried out, the tapestry was fully documented and photographs taken. A professional photographer came to take some overall photos before… Continue reading A sticky problem
Installation of three tapestries in the King's room at Knole In March three conservators from the Studio made the journey to Knole in Kent in order to re-hang three tapestries. The King's room, Cartoon Gallery and Ballroom were being re-opened to the public in the next few days so our job was to re-hang the tapestries… Continue reading A tight squeeze