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About the Textile Group

The Textile Group remains one of the largest Icon groups. We have an active committee who exists to represent the Textile Group within Icon and arrange events and activities for its members. We welcome suggestions for future activities and offers from institutions willing to host a workshop, visit etc.

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Textile Group News

Following a call for applications to the Textile Group committee, three people have put themselves forward. Each of the roles is uncontested, and so automatically accepted. This was confirmed with a show of hands at the ICON Textile Group AGM, which took place at the British Library on 30th April. The new committee members are as follows, with statements of intent below. 

Thank you Katy Smith & Nadine Wilson for thier hard working during thier time on the committee!

Elizabeth-Anne Haldane – Events 

Emily Austin - Secretary

Aimee Grice-Venour – ICON News

Elizabeth-Anne Haldane ACR

Senior Textile Conservator, Victoria and Albert Museum

I graduated with an MA in Conservation from the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum Conservation Course in 1999. Following this I completed a one-year internship at Glasgow Museums, and worked on contract at the National Museums of Scotland and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco before taking up a permanent post at the V&A in 2002. I have worked on a wide range of conservation projects at the V&A and am currently working to prepare objects for the V&A’s upcoming Kimono exhibition in 2020. I have been a member of the editorial team that produces the V&A Conservation Journal since 2006 and regularly contribute articles for conservation publications. I also supervise many of our student interns and I am a regular guest lecturer at the Centre for Textile Conservation at Glasgow University.I am an accredited member of Icon, and previously served on the Textile Group committee from 2006 to 2009 focusing on the organisation of the annual forum. I put myself forward to continue the tradition of institutional support from the V&A to the Icon Textiles group.          

Emily Austin

Textile Conservator, Museum of London

I currently hold a position on the committee as an event co-ordinator, so am familiar with the workings of the group as well as its policies and procedures.  I intend to use this opportunity to continue the excellent work of the committee members by giving my time and energy into supporting group activities and ensuring things run smoothly. I believe the Textile group is going from strength to strength with its recent line up of events for members which I hope to continue contributing to.  I have been in my current role as textile conservator at the Museum of London since April 2018, and I look forward to being involved in many upcoming projects including the planned museum move to a new site at Smithfield’s Market.  My previous roles have included The Bowes Museum, Imperial War Museums, Qatar Museums, Victoria and Albert Museum and as a freelance conservator with Zenzie Tinker Conservation and Plowden and Smith Ltd.

Aimee Grice-Venour

Textile Conservator, National Trust

In 2011 I graduated with Masters in Conservation from The University of Lincoln. I then secured a position as the Levy Intern with the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio, before becoming a full time Textile Conservator at The Studio in 2015. Having worked in the same organisation for a while, I believe that being part of the committee will give me the opportunity to network and meet other fellow professionals within the textile conservation community with whom I can exchange knowledge and experience.  Being a member, I support the work of ICON and believe it is important to actively promote events and training within the conservation community as well as providing a platform for peers to review and share their experiences and knowledge.