The Textile Conservation Centre

Professor Maria Hayward

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Prof. Maria Hayward graduated with a history degree before undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in Textile Conservation at the Textile Conservation Centre, Hampton Court Palace (TCC).  She worked as a conservator and completed a PhD at the London School of Economics (1993-97) titled The Possessions of Henry VIII: a Study of Inventories.  Maria became Head of Studies and Research at the TCC in 2000, a role she held until 2008.  She was also Associate Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies from 2002 to 2004 and then its Director from 2004 to 2007. In 2004 Maria was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, she has served on the editorial board of Studies in Conservation (2004-9) and she was assistant editor of Costume (1999-2008).

Maria is a specialist on material culture at the court of Henry VIII and on dress and textiles in the sixteenth and seventeen centuries. While working at the TCC she has conserved a selection of early modern textiles including a pair of knitted silk gloves associated with William Warham, the Rothwell jack and a selection of 16th century textile book bindings. She is currently a Reader in History at the University of Southampton and was on secondment to the TCC from History during 2007-9. Her publications include The 1542 Inventory of Whitehall: the Palace and its Keeper (2004), Tapestry Conservation: Principles and Practice edited with Frances Lennard (2005), Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII (2007) and Rich Apparel: Clothing and the Law in Henry VIII's England (2009).