To achieve these aims the project brings together a
partnership of institutions who are internationally
recognised in the cleaning of historic fabric objects. This
will ensure any unnecessary duplication is avoided and that
each body will concentrate on those areas where they have
greatest expertise. The University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) has within its Department of
Textiles a team with a proven record of research in textile
conservation and ultrasonic cleaning methods. The
Laboratories de Recherche des Monuments Historiques (LRMH)
is at the forefront in the measurement and analysis of metal threads. The Conservation Unit at Hampton Court Palace
has established an international reputation for cleaning
historic fabric objects in water based solutions. In addition all three partners have differing, but complementary, policy objectives; UMIST in researching cleaning methods, LRMH in
assessing new conservation methods and Hampton Court Palace
in displaying and maintaining historic fabric objects.
All collaborators have extremely limited resources. Without
support from STEP it would be impossible to implement this
project as described above given the cost of collaboration.
Assistance from STEP will enable the partners to concentrate on their areas of expertise to produce thorough research into conservation cleaning of historic fabric objects.
Project management will be organised at two levels. A
Strategic Management Committee will meet twice yearly, made
up of the Research Directors of each of the participants.
This committee will agree and set deadlines for goals and
targets, assess progress on project objectives and circulate progress reports to each participant after each meeting.
These meetings will rotate to each laboratory location.
A project Management Committee will meet four times yearly to monitor and discuss detail project tasks and problems. This
committee will be made up of the 3/4 Research Associates
together with one of the three Research Directors.
Short action reports will be issued after each meeting and
circulated to all Directors and Research Associates.
These meetings will be held alternatively in Great Britain
The results of this project will be disseminated throughout
the Community and if successful will provide and effective
efficient and quantifiable means of cleaning historic fabric objects. This will ensure that more fabric objects can be
cleaned and displayed with a minimum of damage to their
structure and risk to their long term survival, to reflect as far as possible their original state.
The textile objects form an integral and vital part of our
cultural heritage, and are more vulnerable to environmental
damage than the majority of stone and wood constructions. It is essential that more reliable methods of textile cleaning
are developed if our palaces, Museums and Collections are to retain their full historical and social impact. Together
with other Community supported projects it will ensure that
cultural heritage of Europe can be appreciated by a larger
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts