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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WC1H 0PP London
KT8 9AU East/west Molesey
EH1 1JF Edinburgh
EH 3JJ Edinburgh