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From: Monday 27.03.17
at 9:30am
To: Monday 27.03.17
at 8:30pm

Icon Textile Group Forum 2017


The Assembly Rooms, Bath

Bennett Street



Tickets are now available for the Icon Textile Group Forum 2017

The ticket includes attendance at a full day of 10-20 minute presentations plus posters, lunch and other refreshments including an early evening drinks reception, exclusive free access to The Fashion Museum from 18.30 - 20.30, and postprints (electronic version).

Icon members               £80.00

Non-members               £100.00

Students                       £40.00

Early booking is advised.  Forum ticket holders travelling on GWR will be able to benefit from the discounted conference fares offered by the venue using this link: using Bath Spa Conf as the destination, or via the GWR website (Conferences and accommodation section, booking for Bath).  Travel tickets will need to be collected or posted, and delegates will need their Eventbrite ticket as proof of attendance if asked for by train staff.


Presentations on the theme of: 'From boxes to buildings: creative solutions for the storage of textiles and dress’.

Maintaining collections storage standards while achieving cost savings. David Singleton, Preventive Conservator, Bristol Museums

A National Trust house manager’s perspective on open stores. Eilidh Auckland, House Manager, Dyrham Park

How to prepare and store efficiently more than 400 printed handkerchiefs. Melina Plottu, Textile Conservator, Museum of London

Conservation and storage for a 17th century beadwork box. Hannah Sutherland, Tapestry Conservation Intern, Historic Royal Palaces

A history of the future - storing a popular culture collection. Alison Draper, Conservator, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

Presentation on behalf of STASH (Storage Techniques for Art, Science & History Collections). Sarah Glenn, Textile Conservator, Victoria & Albert Museum

Presentations on other themes.

The powers of microfibre cloth. Heather Porter, Senior Conservator, Upholstery, National Trust, Knole and Frances Hartog, Senior Textile Conservator, Victoria & Albert Museum

The Fosshape Revolution. Rachael Lee, Textile Conservation Display Specialist, Victoria & Albert Museum

The principles of creating a magnetic mounting system: the physics every conservator needs to know. Gwen Spicer, Head Conservator, Spicer Art Conservation

Pre-Reformation ecclesiastical fragments at Hardwick Hall. May Berkouwer, May Berkouwer Textile Conservation

Letting Go: the Management of Three Large Textile Conservation Projects. Lynn McClean, Principal Textile Conservation, National Museums Scotland

The Benefit of Hindsight - Lessons learnt from delivering a capital project. Ann French, Collections Care Manager/Conservator (Textiles), the Whitworth, The University of Manchester

‘No Perspex’:102 shoes, 2 months and a shoe designer with a very clear vision. Jessica Burgess and Janie Lightfoot, Janie Lightfoot Conservation

17.30 Drinks reception and access to Forum posters

18.30 - 20.30 Exclusive access to The Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms.

Posters accepted so far…

A mummy shroud revisited. Irene Kirkwood, Textile Conservator, National Museums Scotland

A coat of many colours: conserving an 18th century technicolour dream coat. Jamie Robinson, ICON/HLF Intern, The Bowes Museum 2015-2016

Beyond conservation: storage projects in private practice. Maria Pardos Mansilla, May Berkouwer Textile Conservation

Changing shape: the re-figuring of a mantua. Miriam McLeod, Textile Conservator, National Museums Scotland

2016-17 MPhil Textile Conservation dissertation topics: an introduction. Current MPhil students, Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow.

Packing, moving and storing the Snowshill Collection. Michele Bartlett, Conservator, National Trust Consultancy Conservation Specialists, South West

The conservation of two degraded silk colours from 1777-79. Liz Rose, Textile Conservator, British Library


More posters are needed so please do consider creating one if you are or have recently been involved in a project of interest to your fellow members. Abstracts for posters of up to 200 words should be sent to Alison Lister Deadline 24th February.

Full details are available through Eventbrite

Image: Textiles AGM - Michael Nelles