Brighton Museum: a magnetic display

By Jamie Robinson Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has a truly exceptional world cultures collection. Following the success of the multi-platformed Fashioning Africa project, a national programme aimed at supporting community partners to research and explore museum collections, the museum has continued to work cross-continent to display objects from the collection within in their indigenous […]

Stepping into the scene

By Caterina Celada Prior, Intern at ZTC Summer 2019 This summer I moved from the Scottish Glasgow rain to the sunny Brighton to spend an excellent time as intern at Zenzie Tinker Conservation studio, following the first year of the MPhil in Textile Conservation from the University of Glasgow. I have enjoyed my time working […]

Stephen Jones Hats: A Pragmatic Approach to Mounting 160 Objects in 30 Days

By Ania Golebiowska and Jamie Robinson The Royal Pavilion is rather extraordinary; a celebration of styles from across the globe with no discernible links.  The Prince Regent’s ‘Pleasure Palace’ is purportedly the first case of interior design existing outside of architecture.  George IV employed the theatre designer John Nash to transform the grounds during 1815-1820, […]

2018 year round up

We keep thinking things can not get any busier or more exciting work wise and then they do – 2018 has been no exception! This year we have been particularly challenged space-wise as our long term site work teams from Westminster Abbey and Knole came home to roost bringing mountains of equipment back with them […]

Hats off to Hats (Part 5)

Conservation of Hats Through an Intern’s Eyes By Emma Hartikka Conclusions and Impression   It is over – my internship period with Zenzie Tinker Conservation! Hard to get to grips with how fast the time flew. It is time to look back and reflect on the time gone by. Firstly, I should mention that the […]

Dressed For Best

Conserving Couture, Restoring its Worth Jamie Robinson   Charles Frederick Worth was the Lincolnshire designer who dominated the Paris fashion scene in the latter part of the nineteenth century, otherwise known as the ‘father of haute couture’. (1) It is a rare treat to have such sartorial history pass through your hands and so I was […]

Hats off to Hats (Part 4)

Conservation of Hats Through an Intern’s Eyes By Emma Hartikka Tricky Treatments Unfolding   The half way mark of my internship is now passed. I have already learned a lot about textile conservation and different treatments used. Through frustrations, problem solving, little successes and massive help from my colleagues, the secrets of some of the […]

Hats off to Hats (Part 3)

Conservation of Hats Through an Intern’s Eyes by Emma Hartikka Whodunnit – Labels as Clues to the Past     When working with historical objects, you quickly become interested in the aspects hiding behind the purely tangible features such as materials, structure, technique, colors, style and damages. This is the case even with the 21 […]

Lumps, Bumps and Lots of Layers!

The Westminster Abbey Funeral Effigies Layers! One of the most fascinating but problematic things about redressing the effigies were the multiple layers of clothing (some wearing as many as 18 items!). The under layers were often fine and beautiful and never seen – there because that is how they were worn in life, or just […]

Hats off to Hats (Part 2)

Conservation of Hats Through an Intern’s Eyes Challenges of Intern Life and Old Hats     The first month with the hats has been full of learning and important revelations for me. Getting to know the hats and their sometimes peculiar needs has taken time and energy as well as familiarising myself with the studio, […]

Hats off to Hats (Part 1)

Conservation of Hats Through an Intern’s Eyes The Beginning Twenty-one old, gorgeous hats, all at once within your reach. Not to wear, though, but to preserve. Torment or a treat? Let’s find out! I am Emma, a second-year textile conservation student from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, situated in Helsinki, Finland. I got an exciting […]

2017- Dust and Teamwork

The main themes of this last busy year seem to have been dust and BIG, complex, dirty textiles. Oh and scaffolding. We bought our own scaffold tower this year and then had to buy extensions to make it even taller. The new equipment is great but what makes these big projects possible is the amazing […]

The Scotney Queen of Hearts

For its winter exhibition ‘Inside the Collection’ Scotney Castle celebrates ten years of public access by delving into its own stores for inspiration.  This card-adorned fancy dress costume was recently uncovered in the castle’s costume collection, worn and accumulated by the Hussey family from the late eighteenth century until the house was left to the […]

Falling to Dust

Part two- April 2017 by Zenzie Tinker Once the initial condition survey of the colours was completed, Heather Newton Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral came to the studio to discuss and negotiate the way forwards. We had many competing and sometimes contradictory aspects to consider not least our conservator’s gut instinct to want to […]