Postgraduate taught 

Textile Conservation MPhil

Principles And Practice: Developing Skills HISTART5053

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces the theory and practice of further key textile conservation skills: wet cleaning, photography and mounting. It introduces the specialist areas of tapestry and archaeological textile conservation and continues the development of skills introduced in semester 1 through the treatment of objects from the collections of Glasgow Museums and other museums.


15 hours (two and a half days) per week comprising lectures (4 x 2 hours), seminars (10 hours), workshops (24 x 3 hours), supervised studio time (23 x 3 hours sessions), external visit (1 x 3 hours and individual tutorials (3 x 1 hour).

Excluded Courses





Assessment of practical work 50% (continuous assessment).

Reflective account 50% (2,500 words).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide the student with the opportunity to develop and consolidate interventive treatment skills and understanding through practical object treatment.

■ Enable the student to begin to combine material science knowledge and an understanding of context with observation and interpretation skills in the formulation and implementation of appropriate treatment strategies.

■ Enable the student to develop skills as a reflective practitioner to inform professional and ethical decision-making.

■ Equip the student to employ professional skills to underpin workroom practice.

■ Enable the student to develop communication skills for professional practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Proficiently undertake an additional range of core conservation techniques.

■ Analyse textile artefacts using observation skills, knowledge of science and ethical and cultural contexts to propose appropriate treatments.

■ Apply critical reflection as a tool for deepening learning and gaining meaningful insights from their conservation practice.

■ Utilise good workroom and laboratory practice to ensure efficient, safe and effective use of materials and resources and in collaborative contexts.

■ Communicate effectively, using appropriate terminology and in a professional manner, with a range of specialist and general audiences, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Attendance mandatory.