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Textile Collections and the Sharing of Knowledge

29th AGM and Conference

25 Nov - 27 Nov 2011

Ashmolean Museum


Join us for a weekend of inspiring lectures and tours and socialising in the city of dreaming spires. The Ashmolean Museum has magnificent collections of textiles to which we will have special behind-the-scenes access. The Pitt Rivers Museum has also arranged special visit to their extraordinary displays.

Collections of textiles are not static; they change as we learn more about them and as they are used differently over time. Our speakers will show how collections are embedded with so many different forms of knowledge and how that knowledge can be extracted, reacted to, preserved and expanded. All will demonstrate why collections of textiles matter and why we must treasure and preserve them. Most importantly they will demonstrate the importance of sharing that knowledge and how that can be done in surprising and imaginative ways.

Programme Outline

Friday sees a welcome address from the Ashmolean’s Catherine Whistler, and a keynote speech from Mary Schoeser. These will be followed by the conference dinner.

Saturday is a full day of talks covering collecting, connoisseurship, conservation and interpretation, The speakers include Mary Brooks on the collecting and connoisseurship of 17th century embroideries; Joan Kendall on the Four Seasons Tapestries at Hatfield House; Nikki Gordon Bowe on Irish Arts and Crafts Textiles; Jacqui Hyman on the conservation of Children’s Clothing from Mamluk Egypt; Anna Mason on interpreting William Morris; Brenda King on the Wardle Collection and Dinah Eastop on the Board of Trade Design Registers.

The weekend rounds off on Sunday with a trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum with a guided tour by the Oxford Asian Textiles Group and refreshments.

Please see the programme for full list of speakers.

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