The Textile Conservation Centre

TCC staff's contribution to the profession in the UK and oversees

Dr Mary M. Brooks
Reader, Programme Leader MA Museums & Galleries

External Teaching/Examining:

  • 1999-present Member, Academic Board Courtauld Institute of Art (Conservation of Easel Paintings)
  • Member, Validating Panel, Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation (CHNTO) now Cultural & Creative Industries Sector Skills Council (CCISCC); undertook two Validation reviews
  • Regularly invited to lecture to MA museum and conservation courses, for example at the University of Durham and the Institute of Archaeology,University College London
  • External Examiner, (MSc Conservation for Archaeology & Museums) University College London

Committee Membership/Editorial work:

  • Founding Chair, Textile Section, United Kingdom Institute of Conservation (now Institute of Conservation Icon)
  • Member, Conservation Education Research & Training Committee, UKIC / Institute of Conservation (Icon)
  • Assistant Co-coordinator of the Conservation Committee Textiles Working Group, International Council of Museums (ICOM) for three years
  • 1999- present Governor, Pasold Research Fund
  • 2009 Appointed Joint Editor of Textile History, Pasold Research Fund
  • Regularly asked to review grant applications and articles for professional journals (e.g. Reviews in Conservation) and publishers (e.g. Berg)

Professional Recognition:

  • Accredited Conservator/Restorer, Institute of Conservation (ICON)
  • Accredited Fellow, Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education
  • Elected Fellow of International Institute of Conservation

Dr Dinah Eastop  MA FIIC FHEA
Senior Lecturer & Founding Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies

External Examining:

  • Institute of Archaeology, University College London 2004-2007 External
  • Examiner for MA Principles in Conservation
  • Royal College of Art/V&A, and University College London - External Examiner for PhD dissertations, 2006 and 2007

Editorial and Committee Work:

  • 2000-2007 Member of the Editorial Board of IIC’s Reviews in Conservation
  • Museums and Galleries Commission (MGC) Member of the Expert Group for Standards in the Museum Care of Costume and Textiles
  • United Kingdom Institute for Conservation (UKIC, now Icon): Member of the Advisory (Editorial) Board of The Conservator (1994-2001) and Deputy Editor in 1998-2001

International Work:

  • Active member of ICOM’s international Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC)
  • Assistant Co-ordinator of the ICOM-CC’s Textile Working Group: 1990-93,1996-2002
  • Elected member of ICOM UK Board, 2003 to 2007
  • ICCROM and COLLASIA 2010 - teaching and consultancy:Lecturer in textile conservation and material culture in collaboration with the Faculty for Conservation, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest; the National Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; ASEMUS/SPAFA, Bangkok, Thailand; and the Ethnographic Museum, Leiden, The Netherlands; National Museum, Vientianne, Laos PDR 2007
  • Contributor to the Sharing Conservation Decisions (SCD) course 2007; member of the course team for SCD 2008, ICCROM
  • Member of international group invited to advise on the future direction of ICCROM’s Collection Unit (2003 and 2005)
  • Invited editor for English language edition of Agnes Timar-Balazsy’s Festschrift, published by the Hungarian National Museum in conjunction with ICCROM and the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)

Dr Karen Finch OBE  

Founder and Prinicipal of the TCC 1975-1986

Karen's key achievement and her lasting contribution to the profession internationally was the founding of the TCC in 1975. Karen was the Centre's Principal from then until her retirement in 1986. Since her retirement she has continued to contribute to the profession through publications, conference presentations and by through her huge international network.

Karen's achievement in founding the Centre and helping to shape the modern profession of textile conservation was recognised when she was appointed OBE.

 Dr Maria Hayward  MA FIIC FHEA
Senior Lecturer & Founding Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies

Committee membership/editorial work:

  • 1990-1993: Committee member for the Textile Section of UKIC and editor for the Textile Section pages in Conservation News
  • 1994-1997: Committee member and Newsletter Editor for the Medieval Dress and Textile Society (MEDATS)
  • 1999-2008: Trustee for the Costume Society and Assistant Editor of Costume
  • From 2004: One of the editors for Studies in Conservation From 2004: Member of the editorial board for the London Record Society
  • From 2007: Member of the Library and Collections committee, Society of Antiquaries of London

External Teaching:

  • From 2003 contributed to the course on dress history at Central Saint Martins, London
  • 2007 - Taught a short course (1 week) on dress history at the Abegg Stiftung, Switzerland

Conference Organisation:

  • Textile Cultures: Spain and England since 1500, with Dr Lesley Miller and Alison Carter, held on 22-23 July 2004 at WSA
  • Textiles and Text: Re-establishing the Links Between Archival and Object- Based Research with Dr Elizabeth Kramer, held on 11-13 July 2006 at WSA
  • In the Loop: Knitting Past, Present and Future, with Linda Newington and Dr Jessica Hemmings, held on 13-15 July 2000, WSA
  • Member of the scientific committee for Costume Colloquium: A Tribute to Janet Arnold, held on 6 to 9 November 2008, Florence


  • 2004: Admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • 2007-09 member of the research advisory panel for Hampton Court palace focusing on the exhibition, website and conference held in 2009 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne

Kate Gill  FIIC ACR
Fellow Higher Education Acad, Senior Conservator/ Lecturer

External Teaching & Examining:

  • 2008-present External Advisor, Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects, West Dean College, UK
  • Organiser and Course Leader of one week course introducing upholstery conservation: Abegg-Stiftung, Berne, Switzerland
  • Co-organiser and Course Leader, working in collaboration with West Dean College, UK of a short course entitled Issues and Approaches in Upholstery Conservation aimed at practising professional conservators and curators
  • Forum Planner and Leader, working in collaboration with West Dean College, on a one day forum entitled The Conservation and Restoration of Upholstered Furniture: Reviewing the Issues
  • External Examiner, Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum

Editorial/Review Work:

  • 2005 to date Peer Reviewer of papers and grant applications for professional conservation organizations, e.g. IIC Studies in Conservation; AHRC RCTCTS Annual Conference Post prints; Getty Conservation Institute

Honours and Professional Recognition:

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (formally known as Institute for Learning and Teaching)
  • Elected Fellow (FIIC) of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
  • Accredited Conservator (ACR), awarded by the Institute of Conservation (Icon)
  • Runner up in the UK Award for Conservation for the treatment undertaken on a pair of William Kent Chairs Shortlisted for the UK Award for Conservation for the treatment of a 1930s appliqué embroidered panel


External Organisations:

  • Member, Heritage Lottery Fund Expert Panel on Museums, Libraries and Archives (2001-2005)
  • Trustee, Anna Plowden Trust (2001-present)
  • Trustee, Leather Conservation Centre (1998-2007)


  • Member of International Council of Museums (ICOM) and Honorary Secretary of the UK's International Committee (ICOMUK) for 6 years
  • Consultancy and training projects in Mexico and Egypt for ICOM and for Yad Hanadiv in Israel

Honours and Professional Recognition:

  • Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers
  • 2003 Appointed MBE for services to museums and textile conservation
  • Elected Fellow of the Museums Association (FMA)
  • Elected Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation (FIIC)

Frances Lennard
Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader MA Textile Conservation

External Teaching and Assessing:

  • Taught on Masters of Conservation programme, Heritage Malta 2007-08 and 2008-09
  • Assessor for Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers for Institute of Conservation (Icon) 2003-present

Editorial and Committee Work:

  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, IIC Reviews in Conservation, 2008-date
  • Member of Conservation Training Forum (2003-present)
  • Member of ICON Course Leaders Group (2008-present)
  • Member of ICON Higher and Further Education Sub-Committee 2007-08

Dr Paul Wyeth
Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science to October 2005
Honorary Senior Research Associate to October 2006


  • Invited to Kyoto Institute of technology/ Japan National Research institute for Cultural Properties, Nara by Professor H. Hamada and Professor M. Sato. Collaborative research visit November/ December 2005, included two research seminars (K.I.T. and Kwansei Gakuin University, Osaka) and visits to various laboratories
  • Organised an international conference on the Scientific Analysis of Textiles in 2004, attracting keynote speakers of major international standing.
  • Invited to contribute to an international study on the Tang-Dynasty silk treasure from Famen temple, China (2003).
  • Established national and international research ventures with staff in English Heritage, Mary Rose Trust, University of Leeds, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (Belgium), Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (Germany), University of Applied Science Cologne (Germany), European Synchroton Radiation Facility (France), Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute and Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan)


  • Invited to University of Peking as visiting lecturer to present short course on 'Analytical Science for Organic Heritage Collections' to third year undergraduate Conservation students October/ November 2007.
  • External examining
  • Acted as external examiner for MPhil and PhD students from University of Portsmouth, University College London, and University of Wellington, New Zealand

Other contributions:

  • On editorial board of internet journal e-Preservation Science as textile specialist since 2004
  • Acted as referee for journal papers and advised on book publications for:
  • Archetype Publishers
    Journal of Cultural Heritage
    Reviews in Conservation
    Studies in Conservation (IIC)
    The Conservator
    Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry (ACS)

Established Southern Conservation Network (2000) to support Conservators and Curators in the South East region

The attached pdf lists some of the contributions made by TCC staff to the profession nationally and internationally.