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From: Monday 21.05.18
at 10:00am
To: Monday 21.05.18
at 6:00pm

The Nature of Textiles: Textile Group Forum

ICON Textile Group


Museum of London

ICON Textile Group's annual Forum theme is ‘textiles and nature’. 

The day will include an opportunity to see the newly redisplayed Museum of London 'Pleasure Gardens' exhibit, refreshments, lunch and a chance to win some charity raffle prizes.

The 2018 AGM will be held on the day of the Forum (time to be confirmed). Please contact any committee member if you have anything you wish to add to the agenda.


We are still accepting submission for posters.  Deadline is 12th March.  Read here for further details.

Accepted poster authors are eligible to half price conference tickets. 

There will be a prize for best poster!


AGM and Nominations for new committee members 

The 2018 AGM will be held on the day of the Forum (time to be confirmed). Please contact any committee member if you have anything you wish to add to the agenda.

Four of the current Textile Group Committee members (the Chair, the Secretary, and two Events Co-ordinators) will be retiring at the end of May so we are looking for applications from individuals who would like to be nominated for election.  Committee members must be members of the Textile Group.

The Committee exists to represent the Textile Group within ICON and arrange events and activities for its members.  It meets four times per year, normally at a venue in London.  Travel expenses are reimbursed.  Membership of the Committee, which is very democratic and open to fresh ideas, can provide opportunities to develop new skills, connect with fellow professionals and build your profile in the field. 

If you are interested in being nominated please send a short biography along with a brief statement indicating which position to you would like to be considered for and why via email to Sarah Glenn, TG Committee Secretary at by 5pm on Monday 23rd April 2018.  Election nominations will be circulated to TG members and the final selections made at the AGM in May.  Please feel free to contact any of the current Committee (contact details on the ICON website) if you would like an informal chat about what membership involves.


Confirmed Forum presentation topics and speakers

  • The ‘Wonder of Birds’ Carries On … - Deborah Phipps
  • Distorted Iridescence: Investigating the Microstructural Changes in Jewel Beetle Elytra on Textiles  - Lauren Osmond
  • A Natural Legacy: Conserving Orra White Hitchcock’s Classroom Charts - Camille Myers Breeze
  • Ruffled Feathers: Conservation of Taxidermy Bird Specimens - Chelsea McKibbin
  • Making Friends with Fur - Rachel Rhodes
  • Inspired by Nature: Fabrics of the Future - Sarah Glenn and Roisin Morris
  • Conservation of Tahitian Tiputa from HMS Galatea, Economic Botany Collection at Kew - Misa Tamura
  • Natural Dyes in Textile Conservation - Cecilia Aguirre
  • Understanding Historic Glass Fibre Dresses and Their Needs in Conservation - Charlotte Holzer
  • Wet Cleaning Knotted Carpets – Summary of Fellowship Investigations - Frances Hartog
  • The Dry Cleaning of Fashion Collections with Supercritical C0 2 Technology: A Green Way to Clean? - Emmanuelle Garcin
  • Metal Threads and Adhesive: The Conservation Treatment of an Embroidered Coat of Arms from a Queen Anne Throne Canopy - Viola Nicastro


We have organised free events for our members days around the conference.  Limited tickets are available at checkout when buying your conference ticket.

*SOLD OUT* Entry to Fashioned from Nature, V&A.

3.30pm, Sunday 20th May 2018.

Meet outside the exhibition entrance.


Tour of the Linnaean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly.

10am, Tuesday 22nd May 2018.

Join us for a guided tour of the world-famous Linnaean Society, the world’s oldest extant biological society.  Learn about the history of the society, Carl Linnaeus and see behind the scenes at the collections, including some textile-related manuscripts, papers, bark-cloth and beautiful illustrations.


Tour of the British Museum Textile Conservation Studio

2.30-4pm, Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Chance to see behind the scenes at the British Museum textile conservation studio.