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Monitoring of damage in historic tapestries

Objective

Historic tapestries will be characterised by an interdisciplinary consortium of conservation scientists, curators, and scientists to provide markers of physicochemical change and hence damage assessment. Curators from major European repositories of historic tapestries are involved and this reflects their mutual concern for the optimum future preservation of these increasingly fragile materials. Model of tapestries and their components wool/silk/metal thread/dyes/mordants) will be made according to traditional practices and then artificially aged. Model and historic samples will be characterised by an integrated chemical/materials science approach. A new understanding of degradation will be obtained and changes in fibre strength and colour will be described for the first time in chemical terms. The state of the fibre and fabric are of vital importance for the overall mechanical integrity of tapestries and will determine future treatment.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Address
Sackville Street
88 Manchester
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

BIRKBECK COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Gordon Hoyse, 29 Gordon Square
WC1H 0PP London
CONSEJO DE ADMINISTRACION DEL PATRIMONIO NACIONAL
Spain
Address
C/bailen S/n
28071 Madrid
HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES
United Kingdom
Address
Hampton Court Palace
KT8 9AU East/west Molesey
NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF SCOTLAND
United Kingdom
Address
Chambers Street
EH1 1JF Edinburgh
ROYAL INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE
Belgium
Address
1,Jubelpark 1
1000 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
West Mains Road, Kings Buildings
EH 3JJ Edinburgh