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Completed Conservation of Royal East India Volunteers Colours Visit

British Library Centre for Conservation (BLCC)
Monday 25th March, 2.30 - 4.00pm

Two degraded silk colours belonging to the East India Company’s corps of Royal East India Volunteers are ready to exhibit after conservation. The flags and other objects from the India Office Records and Visual Arts Collections will be on display for a limited period. Book your tickets and come behind the scenes to talk to Liz Rose, the Library’s textile conservator, curators, and photographers who have made this transformation possible. 

Tickets are free but places are limited

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Understanding Tapestry: Two Day Workshop led by Caron Penney                               

Atelier WEFTFACED, Unit 5 The Mill Studio, New House Farm Barns, Ford Lane, Arundel BN18 0EF
13th - 14th April 2019, from 10am - 4pm

Participants: 8


Cost to participants: £210 Icon Member, £190 Student Icon Member (places limited)


This workshop is designed specifically for textile conservators wishing to understand more about the craft of tapestry weaving and to gain a deeper insight into both contemporary and historical weaving techniques.

The class begins with the basics - warping a frame, learning plain weave and shaping skills. More involved techniques include making a slit and sewing it up, dovetailing, single and double interlock.

On the second day the class will learn about the differences between hatching verses hachures. This will begin with a short presentation. The class will use hatching as it is used in contemporary practice, also exploring blending. Hachures will be used as they have been traditionally from the back of the tapestry, starting in a block format and then progressing into using them for shading. At the end of the workshop time will be given to a discussion regarding the differences between the techniques and the pros and cons. Each student will have a completed tapestry sample by the end of the workshop. If time allows more investigation into any of the outlined techniques can be explored or creating a shape such as a circle.

There will be a tour of the studio to see tapestries being woven on the loom.


The Mill Studio is easily accessible by public transport, as it is located a 9 minute walk from Arundel Train station. There are trains running every half an hour from London, Victoria (1.30 min) or Clapham Junction (1.25 min).

There is accomadtion locally.  More information on the eventbrite.


Lunch and Tea will be provided on both days.

There will be the opportunity for people staying in the area overnight to continue the conversation about tapestry techniques over dinner.

If you have any dietary requirements, please get in touch with the event organiser 


Caron Penney, a Master Tapestry Weaver and Director of WEFTFACED (a tapestry studio in the South of England). Caron studied at Middlesex University on a BA (Hons) Degree in Constructed Textiles in 1993 and studied for her PGCE in 2001 at Portsmouth University. She has been teaching for 18 years and was until recently been the Studio Director of the renowned West Dean Tapestry Studio, where she had worked since 1993. Caron led the historic project to recreate the ‘Hunt of the Unicorn’ tapestries for Stirling Castle.


The tutor will supply:
 Wooden tapestry frame*

One bobbin
 Measuring tape

Students should bring:
 Pen/note book & a document folder for hand-outs


The tutor will instruct students in health and safety issues relevant to this course.

* Tapestry frames can be purchased from the tutor for £20 each.

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Textiles Group AGM and Lecture: 'Hidden Costume Treasures - Conserving the Westminster Abbey Royal Funeral Effigies'

Foyle Suite, British Library, London NW1 2DB

Tuesday 30th April 2019, 2.30pm - 5pm

This talk will form an introduction to an ICON Textile Group guided visit to the display later on in the year where members of the ZTC team will talk through the challenges of specific objects in front of the effigies.

Tea & biscuits will be provided, and a networking opportunity is planned from 5pm at a nearby pub (TBC).

This event is free, but booking is required to attend the AGM and lecture - when booking please indicate whether you will be attending the networking event as well. To reserve your place please book online.


'Hidden costume treasures – conserving the Westminster Abbey Royal Funeral Effigies'
 Zenzie Tinker ACR

Over the last three years Zenzie Tinker Conservation have undertaken the conservation of twelve of the costumed funeral effigies that recently went back on display in the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey. The project involved more than 350 items of effigy costume as well as the wigs and effigies themselves. Zenzie will talk through the complexities of managing this project and reveal some of the hidden layers that her team had the privilege of conserving.

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