The Textile Conservation Centre

Kate Gill

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Biographical notes

Following training in the conservation of textiles and upholstery at the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC), England in the 1970s Kate Gill moved to the USA to set up upholstery conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA). After seven years as Senior Conservator (1984-1991), Kate returned to the UK as Senior Conservator and Lecturer, TCC, University of Southampton (1992 – 2009) combining practical conservation with teaching and research.

Kate is an accredited conservator (ACR) and was elected a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Recent Conservation Projects

These include a Victorian sprung upholstered chair; Rajput and Mandarin ceremonial warrior costumes; an Elizabethan raised-work picture; a pair of 17thC shoes and clogs; a trade union banner; the auto-icon Jeremy Bentham and the last surviving sail from HMS Victory.


Kate’s main research arises directly from her key area of expertise, the conservation of upholstered furniture.