Final Dissemination Event - February 10th 2010


Room 412, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square, London


2.30: Welcome and introduction to the project and its aims - Frances Lennard, Principal investigator
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2.50: Overview of project - Professor Janice Barton, Co-investigator
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3.10: Optical fibres research and interpretation of results - Dr Chen-Chun Ye, Post-doctoral researcher
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3.30: Future of optical fibre work - Dr David Webb, University of Aston, Advisory panel member
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3.45: Tea, Staff Common Room, 6th floor - Opportunity to look at tapestry woven for the project at West Dean Tapestry Studio

4.15: Digital image correlation research and interpretation of results - Djallal Khennouf, PhD student
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4.45: Future of DIC work - David Hollis, Lavision, Advisory panel member
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5.00: Overview of results and discussion, ideas for the future - Dr Alan Chambers, Co-investigator & Dr Dinah Eastop, Project team member

6.00: Reception, Staff Common Room, 6th floor


Successful outcomes of tapestry research reported to the sector

A dissemination event took place on 10th February 2010 to mark the end of an inter-disciplinary tapestry monitoring research project undertaken by researchers at the Textile Conservation Centre and the University of Southampton’s School of Engineering Sciences.

The research was funded by a major grant (£386,000) over three years from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Frances Lennard, formerly of the TCC, was the Principal Investigator and Dr Dinah Eastop was also a member of the research team. Their Co-Investigators from the School of Engineering Sciences were Professor Janice Barton and Dr Alan Chambers.

The audience at the dissemination event included representatives of the University of Southampton and other higher education institutions, former TCC staff as well as industry partners such as the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Royal Palaces.

The project achieved its aims of developing two monitoring techniques for use on historic tapestries. The research demonstrated that the novel technology of polymer fibre sensors had promising applications for monitoring textiles while the technique of digital image correlation has been developed to the extent that it is a very useful tool which could be used to inform interventive and preventive treatments. The techniques were tested on woven tapestry samples in the laboratory, then on a newly woven tapestry and finally on a historic tapestry in-situ at Hardwick Hall, a National Trust property. The work showed that it is possible to obtain strain measurements from tapestries and that it is possible to detect incipient damage before it is visible to the naked eye. The colourful strain maps produced by the digital image correlation software are a useful and highly visual tool for conservators and other custodians. The research also demonstrated the close relationship between strain and Relative Humidity.

An extended report on the outcomes that were reported can be found in the project section of this website.

The research team members are grateful to the Institute of Archaeology (University College London) for hosting the event.

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