An Evening with … the National Trust

National Trust logo

Art Conservation & the National Trust

Art Conservation & the National Trust will presented by Ksynia Marko, Textile Conservation Adviser and Head of the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio at Blickling Hall, Norfolk.

Ksynia Marko will take us through some of the processes involved in conserving tapestries.

The National Trust Conservation Studio, opened in 2002, was purpose-built in converted 18th-century barns. The new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment are enabling Trust conservators to tackle larger and more complicated textile conservation projects, whilst reducing the risks involved in conservation procedures.

The tapestries that hang on the walls in some of the UK’s finest houses have had to withstand the test of time. All tapestries are large and heavy, damage may be caused while they are on continuous display, not only because of their sensitivity to environmental conditions (notably exposure to light and UV radiation and rapid changes in relative humidity) but also through the stress imposed by their own weight.

Some have also had to contend with flood. And some have had to contend with attempts to mend them in less enlightened times.

The National Trust Conservation Studio uses traditional methods and the latest technologies to preserve these precious works of art. Ksynia explains
the National Trust approach to conservation where damage is repaired to preserve the tapestries in such a way that the repairs can be seen separately from the original weaving.

Further information on art conservation and more can be found on the National Trust’s website.

The event takes place at 7pm on Thursday 11th October 2012 at the George Hotel, Swaffham.

Full details are on our event page.