Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Home for the Textile Conservation Centre

Conserving Textiles at the TCC. Image © Christine Maurhoff

There is exciting news regarding the UK's only Textile Conservation Centre. You might remember that the centre, formerly part of University of Southampton was forced to close its Winchester base in October 2009. In some great news, it will reopen in Scotland at the University of Glasgow with a new student intake for September 2010. You can read more about it by following this link.

The Textile Conservation Centre is close to my heart, as I trained there for my MA in History of Textiles and Dress a few years ago. The TCC Foundation was set up to support textile conservation research and education in the UK. Originally based in Hampton Court Palace, the TCC moved to Winchester with a 1998 merge with the University of Southampton.

The University of Southampton took the decision to close the Textile Conservation Centre in 2009 which was met with enormous concern: the closing of the centre meant that it was no longer possible to train as a textile conservator in Britian. The move to Glasgow is brilliant news for potential textile conservators and for textile historians.

Happy knitting and conserving

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