The Textile Conservation Centre

Kate Gill Publications


Senior Conservator/ Lecturer until the TCC's closure in October 2009



GILL, K. When minimal intervention is not enough: deconstructing and reconstructing a sprung upholstered chair. In: Conservation of three-dimensional textiles. Preprints of the 7th North American Textile Conservation Conference. Quebec, Canada, October 2009. NATCC.

In Press:

GILL, K. An evaluation of a portable X-radiographic unit for the examination of fragile upholstered furniture inside historic houses. In: K. SCHUBACK and M.GRENFAALK, eds. The Forgotten History: Upholstery Conservation. Postprints of the Forgotten History: Upholstery Conservation. Vadstena, Sweden, Linkoping University, May 2005.


GILL, K and HALLIWELL, M. 2010. When the pressure is on: mounting extremely fragile textile fragments for Worcester Cathedral. ICON News (July 2010) 29: 32-34.

GILL, K. The conservation of four 1760s chairs: revealing and reinstating original upholstery features during in situ treatment. In: F. LENNARD and P. EWER, eds. Textile Conservation: Advances in Practice. Oxford: Elsevier.

GILL, K. 2008. Into the frame: framing a fragile 17th century raised work embroidery which must be kept face-up at all times. ICON News, 17 July, 42-44.

GILL, K. 2007. Couching stitch patterns: avoiding the tram-line effect. In: M.LEADER, ed. Tapestry conservation maintaining the woven picture. Postprints of The Institute of Conservation (ICON) Textile Group Forum, 2006, 30-34.

GILL, K. 2007. Evaluating X-radiography as a tool for examining upholstered furniture. In: S.O’CONNOR and M.M. BROOKS, eds. X-radiography of textile, dress and related objects. Oxford: Elsevier, 175-184.

GILL, K. 2006. Upholstery conservation: the challenge of accessing concealed inner structures for purposes of investigation and preservation. In: C.T. DE PAULA, ed. Textile Conservation in Brazil: Museums and Collections. Pre-prints of the International Seminar arranged by the Museu Paulista of USP, 8- 13 May 2006. Sao Paulo: Museu Paulista do USP, 245-250.

GILL, K. 2006. The care and storage of textile collections to meet the needs of conservation, research and the public. In: C.T. DE PAULA, ed. Textile Conservation in Brazil: Museums and Collections. Pre-prints of the International Seminar arranged by the Museu Paulista of USP, 8- 13 May 2006. Sao Paulo: Museu Paulista do USP, 297-301.

GILL, K. and GARSIDE, G. 2006. The HMS Victory fore-topsail. In: F. NUTTGENS and M.JORDAN, eds. Big Issues: Postprints of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) Textile Group Forum, 2005. London: ICON, 36-46.

GILL, K. 2005. Tapestry as upholstery: the challenges of conserving tapestry-covered seat furniture. In: F. LENNARD and M.HAYWARD, eds. Tapestry Conservation: Principles and Practice. Oxford: Elsevier, 113-122.

GILL, K. 2004. The development of upholstery conservation as a practice of investigation, interpretation and preservation. Reviews in Conservation, 5, 3-22.

GILL, K. and DOYAL, S. 2003. Upholstery conservation sections of S.RIVERS and N.UMNEY, eds. The Conservation of Furniture. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 97-101; 102-105, 105-123,348-350, 358-360,360-363,412-413,721-730.

MATSUMURA, M., EASTOP, D. and GILL, K. 2002. Monitoring emissions from cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate costume accessories: an evaluation of pH indicator dyes on paper, cotton tape and cotton threads. The Conservator, 26, 32-34.

HARRISON, A. and GILL, K. 2002. An eighteenth-century detachable pocket and baby’s cap, found concealed in a wall cavity: conservation and research. Textile History, 33 (2), 177-194.

GILL, K. and EASTOP, D. eds. 2001. Upholstery Conservation: Principles and Practice. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann. Joint editor and the principal contributor to this publication, being sole author of the following three chapters: Chapter one: The Ernest Race ‘Heron’ Chair and footstool, designed c.1955: an example of conserving foam-filled upholstery, 13-32. Chapter two: The Lawrence Alma-Tadema Settee, designed c. 1884-85: the challenges of interpretation and replication, 33-43. Chapter ten: Eighteenth century close-fitting detachable covers preserved at Houghton hall: a technical study, 133-143.

GILL, K. 2000. A 1950s upholstered chair: combining the conventional and the innovative in both manufacture and conservation. In: Tradition and Innovation: Advances in Conservation. Pre-print booklet of poster summaries of the IIC 18th International Congress – Melbourne, October 2000, 11.