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Textile Futures

Technology, Materials and Preservation

Sat 5th November 2016

Wellcome Conference Centre
Euston Road, London (Op Euston Rail station)


The conference will examine recent advances in textile design, materials and technology, considering emerging ideas and approaches that may change the way we design, make, use and preserve textiles in the future.

The conference begins at 11.15am and finishes at 5.15pm.

Book online through Eventbrite or print off the booking form.

Eventbrite - The Textile Society's Manchester Antique Textile Fair 2016


Friday November 4th, daytime
Self guided visits to any of the following:
‘Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery’ at the V&A
'Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the V&A
**We have free tickets to these exhibitions for the 1st 20 places booked, so hurry!**
''1920’s Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs' at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Friday evening
7.30pm Conference dinner at the Wellcome Trust Kitchen (limited numbers so book early to avoid disappointment)

Saturday 5th November
10am Textile Society AGM - free to members
11.15am-5.15pm Conference Speakers (details below)

Sunday 6th November
11am Visit to the Textile Conservation Restoration Studio, with a guided tour and talk from Janie Lightfoot.

Further details on the boking form.


Our keynote speaker is Janis Jefferies, Professor of Visual Arts and Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. Janis will be speaking on her research that examines the relationship between culture and technology, including wearable devices as 'intelligent textiles'.

Dr Kate Lloyd from the textile industry organization
‘Textile Intelligence’, will be speaking on thermochromics and advances in textile print technology.

Dr Celina Jones from the University of Manchester, will be discussing her research on textile printing and sustainability, looking at low impact techniques, new ways of distressing denim, and reducing the use of colourants in textiles.

We will also be joined by Anne French, Textile Conservator and Collections Care Manager at the Whitworth Art Gallery, speaking on the challenges of conserving increasingly complex textile materials for the future, and

Professor Carole Collet from Central Saint Martins, speaking about her work with the design & living systems lab, biotextiles and the advantages of biological tools for a more sustainable textile future.

The Venue - The Wellcome Conference Centre

The Wellcome Centre is conveniently situated on Euston Road in central London. It is close to Euston Square tube station and Euston mainline station and only a few minutes walk from King's Cross/St Pancras.

The conference facilities are modern, spacious and well equipped. The building also houses the Wellcome Collection which explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The exhibition at the time of the conference will be Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond.