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Call for Papers & Posters - Conservation: Out in the Open

Textile Group and Historic Interiors Group

From: Monday 31.08.20
at 10:00am
To: Monday 31.08.20
at 5:00pm
Submissions open now, closing date July 1st 2020.

Brighton, UK


Booking details to come

Event type: 
Call for Papers
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The Textile Group and Historic Interiors Group welcomes abstracts for papers and live posters concerning the challenges of conserving and displaying textiles on open display. Deadline extended to August 31st 2020.

Event description: 

Icon Textile Group and Historic Interiors, Spring Forum 2021, Brighton, UK

Date TBC, but likely April 2021

Conservation: Out in the Open

*Thank you to all who have submitted abstracts for 20 minute talks to this forum. We would now like to open up the call for live posters. Live posters will be a 5 minute presentation accompanied by one or two slides. Abstracts will be accepted in the same way as before but please highlight that you wish it to be a poster. The deadline for submission is August 31st. In light of delays to numerous projects we are extending the deadline of full talk abstracts to the same date.*

We welcomes abstracts for papers concerning the challenges of conserving and displaying textiles on open display. Abstracts on a wide range of related issues are welcome, potentially including:

  • Conservators on public display
  • Contemporary art and installations
  • Events in historic spaces
  • Textiles in historic buildings
  • Mixed media objects
  • Mounting and mounting materials
  • Museum open display
  • Preventive conservation and IPM
  • Touring exhibitions and loans


Abstracts should be between 250 & 300 words in English, excluding title and author contact information (name, title, mailing address, email, telephone).

Please send abstracts by July 1st 2020 to Hannah Sutherland, with the subject “Icon Spring Forum”. Please feel free to get in touch if you want to run an idea past us before writing an abstract. 

The chosen authors will be notified after the committee meeting in September 2020 and preprints will be expected by the end of December 2020. The presentation of the paper should last 20 minutes, with additional time allowed for questions.

Registration and booking details will posted in the autumn, including details of accompanying tours and workshops.

Additional information: 
Title image: The Hunt of the Unicorn: The Unicorn is Found, circa 1495-1505, The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Image classed as Public Domain and used under Creative Commons Zero license.