Our work at the Textile Conservation Studio

Conservator working in Lab at Textile Conservation Studio

We provide a competitive textile conservation service and our expertise and specialist facilities enable us to treat the Trust’s most significant, and often complex textile projects, offering continuity of care and management.

All staff are guided by the professional standards and ethics expected of, and defined by, our professional body, the Institute of Conservation (ICON). And the Studio has benefited from support from various charitable trusts and individuals to allow it to acquire state of the art technology.

Facilities include:

  • Environmentally controlled studio and store
  • A separate dye lab
  • Solvent extraction equipment allowing for complex chemical treatments
  • Flexible wet cleaning for large and small textiles
  • A vacuum hot table for large scale adhesive treatments
  • Space and equipment for handling very large objects
  • Reports and photographic archive
  • Specialist library

Listed below are the services that the Textile Conservation Studio is able to offer:

  • Consultancy
  • Collaboration with consultancy teams, advisory panels and working groups
  • Overview for strategic planning
  • Initial project advice, evaluation and feasibility study
  • Advice on remedial conservation and recommending priorities for work
  • Setting standards - oversee all remedial conservation carried out.
  • Participating in the procurement process where there is no conflict of interest
  • Contributing expertise towards achieving Museum Registration
  • Answering routine conservation queries
  • Maintaining central archive of treatment and survey records
  • Contributing ideas for interpretation and engagement
  • Contributing specialist advice for funding bids
  • Providing and updating guidance on standards of work, use of materials, access to collections etc.
  • Emergency support

Improving conservation

  • Full condition surveys or snap-shot surveys to identify the conservation priorities
  • Treatment proposals, estimates and tender specifications
  • On site work, first aid treatments and display options
  • Remedial conservation projects, related research and reports
  • Protection of textiles during building works
  • Training days for property staff and volunteers e.g. vacuum training, handling and storage, costume and textile mounting, installation and de-installation of large scale textiles