On location with the Textile Conservation Studio

Conservators working on tapestry at Hardwick Hall
Onsite working at Hardwick Hall National Trust / Textile Conservation Studio

The Textile Conservation Studio staff travel all over the country visiting both National Trust properties and private houses to provide advice on the best way to look after their collections.

Condition reports and surveys

Onsite surveys include examining and documenting all or part of a collection of textiles. A survey will involve condition checking, priority rating and advising on any necessary treatment with ball park figures given for the highest priority pieces requiring treatment.
The time required for surveys depends on the size and scope of the collection. This is often broken down into phases, for example, phase one may concentrate on the most vulnerable or precious items which are on display and these might be of a particular category of material such as upholstered seat furniture, carpets, hanging tapestries or costume. This could be followed by other items or items in store.
Specific condition reports and estimates focus on one or a couple of items giving a detailed analysis of their problems, how they can be treated and the costs.
Recent surveys have included the tapestries at Cotehele, textiles at Seaton Delaval Hall, costume at Snowshill and the 19th-century chenille carpet at Cragside.

First aid treatments

First aid treatments are often carried out on site. First aid is designed to secure an item in the short term after which it may require full conservation treatment.

De-installation and re-installation

We are on hand to help with removal, packing for transport and subsequent reinstatement of furnishings, such as beds with all their textile hangings and large tapestries and embroideries.