Caring for and Mounting Textile
Collections and Accessories.
By Sam van de Geer
Social History Conservator
and Keeper of t...
Introduction: House Keeping
Introduction
Introduction
Open Day 13th October 10-4
Introduction
• Diversity of Textiles in Collections.
• Many areas of Preventive Conservation.
• Quick look at Active Conse...
Textile Collection: Diverse
Textile Collection: Deterioration
Preventive Conservation
• Environment
• Light
• Pests
• Handling
• Storage methods and materials
•Store in a cool dry-ish place.
•Keep away from direct sunlight and spot lights.
•Look out for pests in your house.
•Use c...
Preventive Conservation: Environment
Preventive Conservation: Light
Preventive Conservation: Pests
Wool, silk, fur, feather and skins.
Carpet Beetle Common Clothes
Moth
Identifying Pests
Damaged caused
Natural History: by Carpet Beetle
Rugs and carpets: by Clothes Moth
Preventive Conservation:
Pests Treatment
Freezing at -18oc or -40oc
Nitrogen Tank
Activity One
Pests through magnification
Handling Objects
Carrying small or flat objects
Handling: Dress
Conservation Materials
• Inert
• Natural and Synthetic
• Pure as possible and not bleached
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
• Unbuffered Acid Free Tissue Paper
• Unbleached calico
• Unbleached stretch Jer...
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Un-buffered Acid Free Tissue Paper
Soft
Layers between objects and inserts delic...
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Unbleached Calico (scoured)
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Unbleached Stretch Jersey
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Polyethylene Foam
Wrapping objects or lining boxes or lining shelves
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Woven Cotton Tape
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Polyester Wadding
conservation grade without fire retardant and fine for tempora...
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Tyvek - Spun-bonded polyolefin sheet
Activity Two
Conservation Grade Materials
Marvelseal®
Museum Resource Centre:
Designated Textile Store
Preventive conservation:
Storage Improvements for Hats
Before After
Storage of Objects: Hats
Basic Practise for storing hats.
Storage of Objects: Hats
Best Practise for storing hats.
Storage of Objects: Hats
Ultimate Best practise – Ethafoam carved into shape and covered in jersey on an
acid free card tr...
Storage of Objects: Shoes
Improvements to storage of
Footwear
Shoe cupboard needs sealing
to Protect shoes from acid in
the wood
Boxing up shoes ind...
Storage of Objects: Shoes
Beach Croft Art Gallery, conserved and packaged by Textile conservation Centre
OXCMS:1990.19.1
One piece dress, women’s
Date: 1940-1949
Material: Silk
Associated Place: Oxford
Associated Person: Mrs D....
Storage of Objects: Flat Textiles
Converting a wardrobe for flag and banner storage
Storage of Objects: Flat Textiles
Packing a textile too long
for it’s box
Activity Three
Acid Free Tissue
Storage of Objects: Dress
Packing of Garments
- Best Practise
Packing of garments - Basic Practise
Storage of Objects: Dress
Padded wooden coat hangers
Activity Four
Padded Coat Hangers
Storage of Objects: Dress
Tyvek™ garment bags
Ready Made Tyvek Covers
Preservation Equipment
Storage of Objects: Dress
Active Conservation
• In House Conservation
• Private Conservation by a Specialist
After Conservation
Active Conservation
Victorian Shawl
OXCMS:1974.28.151
Active Conservation:
Private Conservators
Pocket before, during and after
Conservation
Pocket After Conservation
OXCMS:199...
Just Say No
Water damage sampler
Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Shredding Silk
Poor infill stitches distort
im...
15 minute comfort break.
Types of Displays
• Single Venue Exhibition
• Temporary Touring Exhibition
• Permanent Display
Mounting For Display: Hats
Polystyrene Head from Morplan. Perspex Hat Stands, left
from Eden shop the right
from Dauphan.
...
Mounting For Display: Hats
Mounting For Display: Hats
Mounting For Display:
Bespoke Hats
OXCMS : 1974.28.191 Straw Poke Bonnet,
1830’s from Lower Heyford.
Tyvek top and calico ...
Mounting For Display:
On a Mannequin
Dress Uniform
OXCMS:2006.118
Mounting For Display: Shoes
Not recommended Basic Practice
Mounting For Display: Shoes
Basic Practise On Purchased Shoe Mount
Mounting For Display: Shoes
Image courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum
Mounting For Display: Mannequins
Mounting For Display: Mannequins
Mounting Objects for Display:
Coronation Robes
1st Baron Lord and Lady
Wardington 1937
2nd Baron Lord Wardington
1953
Mounting For Display: Mannequins
Mounting For Display: Mannequins
Mounting For Display: Mannequins
Mounting For Display: Dress
Eden shop polystyrene mannequin chopped down to fit very small women,
handmade bustle and arms.
Mounting For Display: Bust
Mounting For Display: Dress
Mounting For Display: Dress
Mounting a Petticoat for the revealed exhibition.
Mounting For Display: Arms
Arms
Mounting For Display: Misc
Mounting For Display: Mannequin
Issues
Mounting For Display: Legs
Mounting For Display: Mannequin
Issues
Beecroft Art Gallery Essex
Mounting For Display: Floating
Mounting For Display: Flat Textiles
Textile Collection on Display:
Stonesfield Embroidery
OXCMS:1996.81
Resources
Publications
A Practical Guide to Costume
Mounting by Lara Flecker
Illustrated Guide to the Care of
Costume and ...
Thank You
Activity Five: Have a go
Polystyrene Head from Morplan. Perspex Hat Stands, left
from Eden shop the right
from Dauphan.
Da...
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Caring for and mounting textile collections

  1. 1. Caring for and Mounting Textile Collections and Accessories. By Sam van de Geer Social History Conservator and Keeper of the Textile Collection
  2. 2. Introduction: House Keeping
  3. 3. Introduction
  4. 4. Introduction Open Day 13th October 10-4
  5. 5. Introduction • Diversity of Textiles in Collections. • Many areas of Preventive Conservation. • Quick look at Active Conservation • Look at the wide variety of conservation grade materials available. • Introduce you to basic and best practice of mounting and storage techniques. • Several practical session throughout the morning.
  6. 6. Textile Collection: Diverse
  7. 7. Textile Collection: Deterioration
  8. 8. Preventive Conservation • Environment • Light • Pests • Handling • Storage methods and materials
  9. 9. •Store in a cool dry-ish place. •Keep away from direct sunlight and spot lights. •Look out for pests in your house. •Use conservation grade materials where possible. •Pack at least with acid free tissue. •Discard any packing materials that yellow or develop foxing small brown dots. •Examine treasures periodically to make sure everything is OK. Caring for your Own Treasures
  10. 10. Preventive Conservation: Environment
  11. 11. Preventive Conservation: Light
  12. 12. Preventive Conservation: Pests Wool, silk, fur, feather and skins. Carpet Beetle Common Clothes Moth
  13. 13. Identifying Pests Damaged caused Natural History: by Carpet Beetle Rugs and carpets: by Clothes Moth
  14. 14. Preventive Conservation: Pests Treatment Freezing at -18oc or -40oc Nitrogen Tank
  15. 15. Activity One Pests through magnification
  16. 16. Handling Objects Carrying small or flat objects
  17. 17. Handling: Dress
  18. 18. Conservation Materials • Inert • Natural and Synthetic • Pure as possible and not bleached
  19. 19. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials • Unbuffered Acid Free Tissue Paper • Unbleached calico • Unbleached stretch Jersey • Polyethylene Foam • Woven Cotton Tape • Polyester Wadding • Polyfelt • Spun-bonded polyolefin sheet Tyvek • Marvelseal
  20. 20. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Un-buffered Acid Free Tissue Paper Soft Layers between objects and inserts delicate objects and Crunchy Firmer good for support inside stringers items like hats
  21. 21. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Unbleached Calico (scoured)
  22. 22. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Unbleached Stretch Jersey
  23. 23. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Polyethylene Foam Wrapping objects or lining boxes or lining shelves
  24. 24. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Woven Cotton Tape
  25. 25. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Polyester Wadding conservation grade without fire retardant and fine for temporary Polyfelt
  26. 26. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Tyvek - Spun-bonded polyolefin sheet
  27. 27. Activity Two Conservation Grade Materials Marvelseal®
  28. 28. Museum Resource Centre: Designated Textile Store
  29. 29. Preventive conservation: Storage Improvements for Hats Before After
  30. 30. Storage of Objects: Hats Basic Practise for storing hats.
  31. 31. Storage of Objects: Hats Best Practise for storing hats.
  32. 32. Storage of Objects: Hats Ultimate Best practise – Ethafoam carved into shape and covered in jersey on an acid free card tray, rolled ties. Then stored in a box or a sealed cabinet. Museum of fine Art Boston
  33. 33. Storage of Objects: Shoes
  34. 34. Improvements to storage of Footwear Shoe cupboard needs sealing to Protect shoes from acid in the wood Boxing up shoes individually with photograph and accession number
  35. 35. Storage of Objects: Shoes Beach Croft Art Gallery, conserved and packaged by Textile conservation Centre
  36. 36. OXCMS:1990.19.1 One piece dress, women’s Date: 1940-1949 Material: Silk Associated Place: Oxford Associated Person: Mrs D.C. Carr Lord Mayor of Oxfords Wife. Storage Improvements: Labels
  37. 37. Storage of Objects: Flat Textiles Converting a wardrobe for flag and banner storage
  38. 38. Storage of Objects: Flat Textiles Packing a textile too long for it’s box
  39. 39. Activity Three Acid Free Tissue
  40. 40. Storage of Objects: Dress Packing of Garments - Best Practise Packing of garments - Basic Practise
  41. 41. Storage of Objects: Dress Padded wooden coat hangers
  42. 42. Activity Four Padded Coat Hangers
  43. 43. Storage of Objects: Dress Tyvek™ garment bags
  44. 44. Ready Made Tyvek Covers Preservation Equipment
  45. 45. Storage of Objects: Dress
  46. 46. Active Conservation • In House Conservation • Private Conservation by a Specialist
  47. 47. After Conservation Active Conservation Victorian Shawl OXCMS:1974.28.151
  48. 48. Active Conservation: Private Conservators Pocket before, during and after Conservation Pocket After Conservation OXCMS:1997.7 Hidden Cache of Objects
  49. 49. Just Say No Water damage sampler Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum Shredding Silk Poor infill stitches distort image of tapestry
  50. 50. 15 minute comfort break.
  51. 51. Types of Displays • Single Venue Exhibition • Temporary Touring Exhibition • Permanent Display
  52. 52. Mounting For Display: Hats Polystyrene Head from Morplan. Perspex Hat Stands, left from Eden shop the right from Dauphan. Dauphan mount with plasterzote and polyester wadding support.
  53. 53. Mounting For Display: Hats
  54. 54. Mounting For Display: Hats
  55. 55. Mounting For Display: Bespoke Hats OXCMS : 1974.28.191 Straw Poke Bonnet, 1830’s from Lower Heyford. Tyvek top and calico bottom
  56. 56. Mounting For Display: On a Mannequin Dress Uniform OXCMS:2006.118
  57. 57. Mounting For Display: Shoes Not recommended Basic Practice
  58. 58. Mounting For Display: Shoes Basic Practise On Purchased Shoe Mount
  59. 59. Mounting For Display: Shoes Image courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum
  60. 60. Mounting For Display: Mannequins
  61. 61. Mounting For Display: Mannequins
  62. 62. Mounting Objects for Display: Coronation Robes 1st Baron Lord and Lady Wardington 1937 2nd Baron Lord Wardington 1953
  63. 63. Mounting For Display: Mannequins
  64. 64. Mounting For Display: Mannequins
  65. 65. Mounting For Display: Mannequins
  66. 66. Mounting For Display: Dress Eden shop polystyrene mannequin chopped down to fit very small women, handmade bustle and arms.
  67. 67. Mounting For Display: Bust
  68. 68. Mounting For Display: Dress
  69. 69. Mounting For Display: Dress Mounting a Petticoat for the revealed exhibition.
  70. 70. Mounting For Display: Arms Arms
  71. 71. Mounting For Display: Misc
  72. 72. Mounting For Display: Mannequin Issues
  73. 73. Mounting For Display: Legs
  74. 74. Mounting For Display: Mannequin Issues Beecroft Art Gallery Essex
  75. 75. Mounting For Display: Floating
  76. 76. Mounting For Display: Flat Textiles
  77. 77. Textile Collection on Display: Stonesfield Embroidery OXCMS:1996.81
  78. 78. Resources Publications A Practical Guide to Costume Mounting by Lara Flecker Illustrated Guide to the Care of Costume and Textile Collections on Collections Link Suppliers http://www.benchmarkcatalog.com/ www.edenshop.co.uk www.morplan.com www.conservation-resources.co.uk www.preservationequipment.com www.ryderbox.co.uk www.2Wpackaging.co.uk www.whaleys
  79. 79. Thank You
  80. 80. Activity Five: Have a go Polystyrene Head from Morplan. Perspex Hat Stands, left from Eden shop the right from Dauphan. Dauphan mount with plasterzote and polyester wadding support.

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