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Cancelled: Icon Textile Group AGM

From: Monday 27.04.20
at 2:30pm
To: Monday 27.04.20
at 8:00pm
AGM will finish around 17.00, with a pub visit in the evening

Foyle Suite, The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB


Free for members


The annual Icon Textile Group AGM, with a talk from Professor Frances Lennard ACR and Alison Lister ACR.

Event description: 

New date TBC. Event postponed due to the situation with the pandemic.

This year the ICON Textile Group AGM will be held on Monday 27th April.  This will take the form of AGM & lecture by Alison Lister and Frances Lennard, expanding upon their paper for the 2019’s NATCC conference.

Tea & biscuits will be provided during the event. A networking opportunity is planned from 5pm at a nearby pub Summer's Coffee House, to which all attendees are welcome.

The AGM and lecture are free, but booking is required. This will be shortly available via Eventbrite.

There will also be the opportunity for some members to tour the upcoming exhibition "Unfinished business: The Fight for Women's Rights". This visit is limited to 15 places and will take place before the AGM. Seperate booking information to come ASAP.

Lessons from the long view: Observations and insights on developments in private practice from the 30 year history of one independent textile conservation studio.

Alison Lister ACR and Frances Lennard  ACR

Textile Conservation Limited, an independent studio based in south west England, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019.  Founded by Frances Lennard and Fiona Hutton, and now owned by Alison Lister, the studio has completed thousands of conservation projects involving all types of textiles for both public and private sector clients. 

The presentation will draw upon data from the project files to provide an account of how one small studio has responded to local, national and international developments in the conservation field, heritage sector, and wider business world over this period.  Examples include the reduction of in-house conservation services in museums, increases in access and public engagement initiatives, developments in technology and communications, competitive tendering, new funding streams, and changes to employment regulations.  Case studies from the past 30 years will demonstrate how these changes have impacted on the studio’s role, structure, resources, practice and management in areas such as staffing, project planning, client liaison, conservation treatment and research. 

The presentation will also draw on both Alison and Frances’ experience of teaching textile conservation to consider the physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities needed by conservators in private practice. They will discuss how best to nurture these skills in textile conservation students, to ensure independent studios can continue to thrive.



Alison Lister (BA Hons, Dip Cons, ACR) is a UK Institute of Conservation accredited conservator and the Principal Conservator/Director of Textile Conservation Limited. She joined the studio in 2003. Alison graduated from the Textile Conservation Centre in 1990 and then worked in various roles in the teaching department at the Centre for 10 years. Alison left full time teaching in 2000 to work as a freelance conservation educator/practitioner. She was an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts and for the MA Museums Studies by Distance Learning, University of Leicester.

Frances Lennard (BA Hons, Dip Cons, ACR) is Professor of Textile Conservation and Director of the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow. She graduated from the Textile Conservation Centre in 1985 and worked in the TCC’s Conservation Services department for five years before setting up a freelance business with Fiona Hutton. Frances returned to the TCC at the University of Southampton in 2001 and led the MA Textile Conservation for eight years before the programme moved to Glasgow.                                 



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