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
Yesterday evening at the National Trust Stars of the East awards ceremony the Studio won the "Looking After What We Got" award. It was a wonderful event with great company and food. And we are delighted to be recognised for the work we do.
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