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The Challenges of Starting in Conservation: Skills to help Students and Emerging Professionals PART ONE

Icon Textile Group

From: Thursday 18.03.21
at 7:00pm
To: Thursday 18.03.21
at 8:00pm

All talks will take place on Zoom




With the decision taken to postpone the emerging professionals event until 2022, the Textile Group have created this accessible two-part series for all students and emerging professionals to help provide some advice and support on the challenges both old and new when starting a career in conservation.

The aim of these webinars is to prepare students transitioning into employment in an ever-changing field, which is even more prevalent during these turbulent times. We hope these presentations will encourage those who are new to conservation and help equip them with the tools and contacts needed to grow successfully in the field.

Event description: 

Thursday 18th March 2021

Get noticed! Marketing yourself in conservation – Marina Herriges                                                                        Marina Herriges works as a textile conservator at the Textile Conservation Limited in Bristol, UK. Before studying conservation, she trained and worked in graphic design and marketing. Marina graduated in Art, Conservation and Restoration at the Portuguese Catholic University, Portugal, in 2016. She obtained a master’s degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia, Spain, in 2018. She completed an MPhil in Textile Conservation, from the University of Glasgow in 2020. Marina has worked in a range of different heritage and conservation organizations in Brazil, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

What's in our drawers? Transforming a hidden collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum – Rebecca Plumbe               Graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) and MA in Object Conservation, Rebecca has worked for the National Trust, local authority museum services and as a freelance conservator. She is currently completing an 18-month Clothworkers' internship at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Rebecca also acts as a committee member on the Icon Emerging Professionals Network (EPN).

The Abegg-Stiftung in Riggisberg, Switzerland: A place for future and emerging professionals in textile conservation – Caroline Vogt                                                                                                                                        Caroline Vogt graduated in textile conservation at the Abegg-Stiftung/Berne University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) and in art history at the University of Zurich. There she received her doctorate with a thesis on gold embroidered episcopal vestments of the Romanesque period in 2019. Since 2008, she has worked as a senior textile conservator at the textile conservation workshop at the Abegg-Stiftung and from 2011 also head of studies of the institute’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programme, which is part of the Swiss Conservation-Restoration Campus (Swiss CRC).


Please register for "The Needle and Thread" virtual pub here. Please note the two separate Zoom links.