The Archive Project @The Cello Factory

In 2016, Poppy Szaybo, Mary Morris, Debbie Lyddon and Denise Jones formed ‘The Archive Project’ as a forum for discussion about ideas related to the archive, with the intent that they would hold an exhibition of artwork as an outcome. Their second exhibition will be held at, The Cello Factory, Waterloo in May 2017. »

Alke Schmidt has received Arts Council funding for her project, which explores the history of the Bradford wool industry through time and how it affected and connected people from around the world. »

A previously unpublished thesis by eminent textile historian Natalie Rothstein is now available to download. The topic of the thesis is ‘The silk industry in London, 1702-1766’. »

Call for papers - West Dean Tapestry Symposium


Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers to be presented at this bi-annual symposium. The subject is ‘Artists Meet Their Makers’. Presentations that engage with the relationship between art and craft, as well as questioning the role of making and the maker in contemporary practice. Deadline January 31st 2017

The Association of Dress Historians (ADH) has issued a call for papers for the annual conference on 27th October 2017, in London, on the theme INTERWOVEN: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries.
Deadline for submissions January 15th 2017. »

Bath Fashion Museum has acquired a man’s jumper by Kenzo for the Fashion Museum collection. Designed for the autumn/winter 2013 menswear collection, it is made of light blue boiled wool with black and white sleeves. The cocoon shaped jumper was donated by Shaun Harris, a young designer currently studying at the Royal College of Art, who confided that one of his goals in life has always been to donate something to the Fashion Museum. »

London Transport Museum are seeking a project curator to develop and deliver Celebrating Britain’s Transport Textile, an HL:F funded project that looks into moquette.

Closing date Nov 22nd 2016. »

The Association of Dress Historians have issued a call for papers for their international conference INTERWOVEN: Dress that Crosses Borders and Challenges Boundaries.
The conference takes place on October 27th 2017 at the Art Worker's Guild London. The deadline for submissions is January 20th 2017. »

The 2016 Textile Society Museum and Archives award is shared between three organisations, £1500 to the Peace Museum Bradford, £2160 to The Marx Memorial Library in Islington and £2000 to the American Museum in Bath.

BQSG invites submissions for original, previously unpublished research covering any aspect of quilt or related textile study for the 2017 seminar and inclusion in the journal Quilt Studies.
Deadline for submissions 30th November 2016 »

The Pasold Research Fund has issued a call for papers for its conference, Colour in Cloth, which takes place in Glasgow, 10th-11th April 2017.
This international conference will explore the relationships between colour and textiles.
Deadline for submissions, 15th January 2017 »

The Heritage Crafts Association is calling for applications for a suite of awards and bursaries recognising people working in traditional skills. Each award is worth £1000 and the bursary is worth £5000.

The deadline for applications is 30th November 2016. »

The Costume Society has announced the winner of its inaugural conservation award as Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery, for the conservation and mounting for display, of a green dress and a matching green jacket »

Talking Quilts: Saving Quilters’ Stories, a Quilters’ Guild oral history project, has launched its website featuring interviews and photographs that capture the stories of today's quilt makers in the UK.

From cotton reels to reels of film: with its restless looms, vibrant colours and rich textures, Britain's textiles industry offers cinematic pleasures by the yard. »

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The winners of the 2015 Textile Society Museum Awards are Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, the Fashion Museum, Bath and the George Marshall Museum in Worcester. They share grants for conservation and display work. »

The Framework Knitters Museum in Nottingham has plans to transform the museum over the next few years. To keep people up to date with the developments and to help with their fundraising efforts, they have launched an email newsletter which anyone can subscribe to. »

ULITA website Upgrade


Following on from the enhanced website for ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles (based in St Wilfred's Chapel, Maurice Keyworth Building), their online image catalogue has now been upgraded to include a new collections page, better search options and larger images. New subject categories include the current exhibition and a recent donation of West African textiles.

Lucienne Day Award Announced

The Textile Society's Lucienne Day Award, presented at New Designers, has been won by Emily Easthope, a textile Design Graduate from Falmouth University. »

DATS website re-launch


The costume and textile curators' group DATS (Dress and Textile Specialists) have revamped their website. There's a collections map and a great resources toolkit as well basic info on what DATS is and how to join.

The John Horrocks Collection at Lancashire Archives and Glasgow School of Art Archives share the Textile Society's Audrey Archive Award, was given in in memory of Audrey Duck, who died in 2013. Audrey was, for many years, archivist at G, P and J Baker and the award reflects her professional interest in archives »

Rozanna Mai Walecki of the RCA and Suzanna Kate James from Winchester School of Art are this year's winners of the Textile Society's student bursaries, awarded at the Manchester Antique Textile Fair on March 1st. Leeds College of Art and the Royal School of Needlework also saw success with runners up. »