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Recent advances in barkcloth conservation & technical analysis

From: Friday 07.12.18
at 10:00am
To: Friday 07.12.18
at 5:30pm

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre


Jodrell Laboratory Gate, Kew Road



The meeting is organised by the Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place project, a collaboration between the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Event description: 

Over the three years 2016-2018 we investigated the material nature of Polynesian barkcloth collections from The Hunterian Museum (Glasgow) and the Economic Botany Collection (Kew). The role of conservation in the project was to review and develop technical methods for conserving barkcloth, to to stabilise and better store objects, and to facilitate visual and physical access for all user communities.

The symposium will share some of the project’s findings and will mark the end of the project’s conservation programme by creating a platform for conservators and those non-conservation professionals with interest in the subject to share and discuss the joys and challenges of working with barkcloth.

Practical information:

Registration includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch; please specify any dietary preferences when you order your ticket. Doors open at 09.30 and talks begin at 10.00 and finish at 17.00. Accomodation nearby (reasonable walk or short bus ride) include the Kew Bridge Premier Inn (often used by Kew visiting researchers) and Travelodge. The Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre is in easy walking distance from Kew Gardens station, Kew Bridge station is just over 10 minutes away. Detailed travel information and programme will be sent closer to the meeting. The Jodrell Lecture theatre is fully accessible; please let us know of any access issues when you order your ticket.


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