The Textile Conservation Centre

Successful fundraising campaign to support the Glasgow development

The TCC Foundation's campaign to raise funds to support the costs of developing the new Centre for Textile Conservation, Textile History and Technical Art History was a resounding success, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of many funders. Nell Hoare, the former Director of the TCC who is working for the TCC Foundation on a consultancy basis, led the fundraising campaign on the Foundation's behalf and - now it is successfully concluded - she continues to assist with ongoing fundraising for bursaries and projects.

Our target was to raise £675,000 from all sources (external funders, plus contributions from the TCCF and Glasgow University). Fundraising was only able to start in February 2010, but by December 2010 the target had been reached.

We are enormously grateful to all of the many organisations and individuals who generously donated to the TCC Foundation's 2010 Glasgow campaign. Their support helped to fund the capital work, bursaries, library development and the removal storage and delivery of TCC equipment.  Among the donors are:

  • The Clothworkers' Foundation
  • The Drapers' Company
  • The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • The Headley Trust
  • The Leche Trust
  • The Marsh Christian Trust
  • The Mercers' Company
  • The Monument Trust
  • The Newby Trust
  • The Pilgrim Trust
  • The Robertson Trust
  • The Coral Samuel Charitable Trust
  • The South Square Trust
  • Southern Counties Costume Society
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Barbara Whatmore Trust

as well as a number of organisations and individuals who prefer to remain anonymous.

In addition, the Getty Foundation has awarded a generous grant to Glasgow University to enable the establishment of an International Research Network in Textile Conservation, Dress and Textile History and Technical Art History.

Fundraising for the new Centre is continuing - we need to raise about £80,000 a year for student bursaries.  Students are selected on the basis of excellence and potential - few of them have the resources to fund the course fees and living expenses entirely. The bursaries ensure that the best candidates for the MPhil Textile Conservation course are able to take up their places.  In 2011-12 students on the course come from the UK, USA,  Canada, Hungary, Chile, Singapore and New Zealand.

We are also raising funds to support the research work of the Centre and to help it buy key items of equipment.  We are currently trying to raise £45,000 to enable the purchase of a High Performance Liquid Chromatogaphy system for research into historic dyes.

If you wish to know more about our fundraising and would like to make a donation please contact the TCC Foundation using this link.