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The Costume Society announces winner of Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award 2016

Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery awarded £9,560 for its forthcoming exhibition, A Stitch in Time: The Story of the Sewing Machine

In March, Icon reported on the launch of a major new textile conservation award from The Costume Society. The Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award was set up to assist with the costs of a wide range of textile conservation projects, including preliminary assessments of the conservation required for specific items or groups of material, as well as the labour and materials for conservation work. 

The Society received a number of applications of an exceedingly high standard. After much discussion, the judging panel agreed that the Award should go to Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery for the conservation and display of a green dress and a matching green jacket as key items in its forthcoming exhibition, A Stitch in Time: The Story of the Sewing Machine, due to open in February 2017.

The garments to be conserved are hand stitched and will be used to introduce the history of the sewing machine, referencing not only its importance in the history of clothing manufacture but also its effect on the lives of women. 

The Museum, which will receive an award sum of £9,560, was first opened in 1980 and was run by volunteers. Its sewing machine collection was awarded "recognised collection of national significance" from Museum Galleries Scotland in 2013.

The award organisers thanked Icon and its members as it was an accredited conservator who first shared the award details with Clydebank Museum. 

The second round of applications will open in February 2017 with details available at The Costume Society and, of course, in the Icon news section later this year. 

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