Temporary haven for Textile Conservation

11 11 2013

Temporary haven for Textile Conservation

While its wet and windy on site, and seemingly colder on the inside of parts of the Gallery, than outside, our Textile Conservation team are snug in a temporary new home off-site. Two members of staff, and a student intern from Sweden are currently based in a large, light and airy studio, in part of the building which houses conservators from Manchester Art Gallery .

We are very grateful to the staff up at the city who have refurbished what had for some time served as an office space (see photo!), painted walls and relaid new flooring to once again re-establish the room as a functioning conservation studio. Furniture, equipment and materials, were carefully packed up and decanted to this temporary home. The new workplace was set up and staff are now happily working on a selection of Whitworth textiles – with a ‘green’ theme – in this tranquil haven, away from the noise of the construction site.



The timing has been excellent, as the Whitworth has recently recruited a new Collection Care Technician, and the Manchester Art Gallery have just advertised for a two year trainee-ship in Costume Mounting. Staff at both institutions will undertake training for these new recruits while undertaking practical work on the collections, that will all go towards continuing displays and exhibitions at Manchester Art Gallery and Platt Hall, and for new displays when the Whitworth re-opens to the public in 2014.



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