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 Speke, textiles at Erddig, costume at Claydon House and the 19th-century chenille carpet at Cragside.