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
February 2017 saw the completion of the eleventh Gideon tapestry ‘Gideon choosing his army’. At 6m x 9m this is the largest tapestry in the National Trust’s collection. The last stage before rehanging the tapestry was lining the tapestry. This meant the top border had to be re-stitched to the mainfield. This required the full… Continue reading The great cover up
Back in September we had the film crew from Channel 5 come to the Studio for the day to film our work for a feature on Secrets Of The National Trust With Alan Titchmarsh. We went live in episode 3 on Tuesday the 21th of February. See us here! We're on from 17.10 onwards.
Conservation work can lead us to discover all sorts of previously unseen information. Our conservators made a discovery on one of the Gideon Tapestries, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire after it had been cleaned.
As part of the Knole major project we have been undertaking a number of textile conservation projects for Knole. Here Jane Smith, Senior Conservator tells us about the work she and the team have been undertaking on the Caffoy curtains and Pelmet from the Kings Room at Knole. The Curtains The curtains are made from… Continue reading Caffoy Curtains and Pelmet from the Kings Room, Knole, Kent,
The tapestry, ‘Leander taking leave of his parents’ (c. 1660-90), is from the King Charles Room at Cotehele, Cornwall, and has been at the Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk since March 2015. It is one of three tapestries in the ‘Hero and Leander’ set at the property, measures 285cm high x 579cm wide and is… Continue reading Production of a printed photographic infill patch
The team at Hardwick have created this lovely timelapse of our install of the Lucretia embroidered hanging take a look at it here
Hello, my name is Terri Dewhurst and I am the new Levy Intern at the Textile Conservation Studio. I feel very lucky and extremely excited to take on this new role working for the National Trust. Prior to joining the team at the studio I studied conservation at The University of Lincoln; I also worked… Continue reading Noble Woman Lucretia Rehung
Following on from our previous blog post about the conservation work we are undertaking on the curtains from the Spangled bed in Knole. Here is another update on some of the work that has been completed: By April 2014 the coarse red net had been removed from the back of both curtains, previous stitch repairs had been… Continue reading 2. Spangled bed discoveries