Symposium: Conservation of Barkcloth Material

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Friday, 7 December, 2018

Registration Now Open
Date: Friday 7th December 2018
Venue: Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, UK

* Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place project, Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History (CTCTAH), University of Glasgow
* Institute of Conservation, Ethnography Group
* Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Registration for the event is now available on Eventbrite:
The ticket price is £40, or £25 if you are a student or unwaged.

The Situating Pacific Barkcloth in Time and Place project was launched in 2016 at CTCTAH. The project brought together scientific, historical and conservation researchers from CTCTAH, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, to investigate the material nature of Polynesian barkcloth collections from The Hunterian Museum (University of Glasgow) and the Economic Botany Collection (Kew). The role of conservation in the project was to review and develop technical methods for conserving barkcloth and to stabilise the objects as well as improve their storage. The conservation programme aimed to facilitate visual and physical access for people with strong cultural and academic interest in the objects.

The symposium will share some of the project’s findings and will mark the end of the project’s conservation programme by creating a platform for conservators and those non-conservation professionals with interest in the subject to share and discuss the joys and challenges of working with barkcloth. We have a wonderful selection of posters and papers that encompass barkcloth practices from different corners of the world with topics ranging from practical conservation case studies to material analysis. There will be an opportunity to see some of the conserved barkcloth objects from the Econonomic Botany Collection. The full programme is to be announced shortly.

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