Thursday, 11 July 2013

Textile Conservation Guidelines and Standards

Another frequently asked question is how to look after textiles. Sometimes the question is related to samplers, though often it is other precious family cloths and clothes. The best response is always to seek expert guidance. But, sometimes, it is a case of being able to specify exactly what help or level of care you might require. It is useful, then, to have sound documents to refer to. So today I thought it would be a good idea to put you in touch with two comprehensive, accessible documents to help you. The first is An Illustrated Guide to the Care of Costume and Textile Collections which was produced by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to provide detailed support and guidance for people working with these Collections
The second is Standards in the Museum Care of Costume & Textile Collections which is the Museum & Galleries Commission information on standards in the museum care of costume and textile collections, including curation and conservation, documentation, access, borrowing and lending, and protecting against theft, physical and chemical damage, dust, pollutants, flood and fire. These documents are not a substitute for professional care, but will perhaps help you in assessing the level of expertise you require. Just click on the picture or name of the guide you want for the download.


  1. Thank you for this. You are a mine of information. I have just purchased a sampler at auction which has a couple of little holes and I want to ensure it has been stabilised before framing it. Do you have any tips?