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
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
Earlier this year, after 25 years of combining her roles as Studio Manager and Textile Adviser, Ksynia decided to hand over the day to day running of the Studio. Under Ksynia’s leadership the Studio has grown from a staff of four to thirteen including an intern and contract staff and moved from rooms above Blickling… Continue reading Comings and goings
Have you ever wondered what our tapestries would have looked like with their original unfaded colours? Take a look at this brilliant digital representation of one of the 16th century Gideon tapestries from Hardwick Hall. See it fade from it's original colours through to what we see now - 450 years later. There are 13… Continue reading Gideon through time
Hi, welcome to the Textile Conservation studio's blog. In this we hope that we will show you a behind the scenes view of life at the National Trust's only in-house textile conservation treatment facility. This studio in rural Norfolk is not open to the general public, so we hope that we can show you an insight… Continue reading Hi