The Textile Conservation Centre


As those of you who have followed the story of the TCC in recent years will know, a new centre -  The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History has been established in Glasgow University within the School of Culture and Creative Arts. The Centre was officially opened by the TCC Foundation's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, on Feburary 9th 2011.

The new teaching and research facility accepted the first cohort of Textile Conservation Masters students in September 2010; the new Masters in Dress and Textile Histories began in September 2011. Both these course join the existing, highly successful, programme Making and Meaning: Approaches in Technical Art History. The TCC Foundation has made the assets of the TCC freely available to Glasgow for the new Centre.  These assets include all the TCC's equipment, library collections and the intellectual property built up over the more than three decades of the TCC's operation. The Centre is on one level of the University's Robertson Building in newly refurbished, dedicated space.

Glasgow University, founded in 1451, is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world and is in the top 1% of universities in the world.  Within the School of Culture and Creative Arts the Art History section came top in the UK wide assessment of university research.  The School has strong links with the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery as well as a formal collaborative agreement with Glasgow Life, which incorporates Glasgow's outstanding museums and art galleries.

The University's main campus is in the vibrant West End of the City of Glasgow, three miles from the City centre. The Robertson Building (in which the new centre will be based) is to the south of the campus on the Dumbarton Road.  This is just a short walk from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the extensive and internationally significant collections of which include over 17,500 costume and textile objects. A few miles to the south is the Burrell Collection, with its famous collections including outstanding textiles and tapestries.