CONSERVATION

Centre for textile conservation

We have supported a postgraduate textile conservator at the Centre for Textile Conservation for many years, going back to when it was based in Hampton Court

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AT THE CENTRE FOR TEXTILE CONSERVATION

The Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow’s two-year MPhil Textile Conservation is the only textile conservation programme in the UK and sets the standard worldwide. Excellence is the hallmark of this career-entry programme: year groups are small, facilities are extensive, and core to the curriculum is practical work on historic material.  All this means that fees are high and most students need bursary support. Nearly 20 talented individuals have trained as textile conservators thanks to the South Square Trust’s support. 

Places on the course are awarded on the basis of ability rather than financial means and most applicants have large undergraduate debts.

Textile Conservation Foundation
Centre for Textile Conservation - MPhil Textile Conservation student conserving an Ethopian rug

“The South Square Trust’s support is vital for our students. It was vital for me too: a South Square Trust bursary enabled me to train as a textile conservator and now I teach the next generation.” 

Sarah Foskett

ACR Lecturer, Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow

Centre for Textile Conservation - PhD student MPhil student treating a silk satin dress by Christian Dior (1950s)
Centre for Textile Conservation - MPhil student treated a child’s silk shoes from the 1820s, from the collections of Glasgow Museums
Centre for Textile Conservation - MPhil student conserving a child’s bonnet from the 18th century, from the collections of Glasgow Museums
Centre for Textile Conservation - MPhil student supporting the highly embroidered panels from an 18th century waistcoat