Textile conservation at the Australian National Gallery

  • Debbie Ward

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    This dissertation details all facets of conservation that I have been involved with during my three years of employment at the Australian National Gallery. My employment has also served the requirements of the internship for my degree. The functions and facilities of the Gallery and conservation department within, are discussed. This is followed by notes on technical meetings and visits I have attended. These notes are at times extensive, but considered essential for inclusion in this report. Important discussions were held on matters pertinent to conservation and I am not aware of this information being recorded elsewhere. My role in the environmental monitoring of the Gallery, and the problems which exist in this area, are detailed. As a conservator I have been extensively involved with the display and storage of textiles. Within this report all methods that I have used are described as are the storage facilities. I also present a critical analysis and descriptions of all conservation procedures I have carried out and been involved with. Detailed descriptions of treatments are not always presented. This is because treatments vary so much for each item that their volume would not fit into the boundaries of this dissertation. However the basic procedures and principles behind each method is discussed.
    Date of Award1985
    Original languageEnglish

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