CFP: The Creation, Collection & Care of Textiles & Dress in Museums & Historic Houses

June 11, 2015

University of Wolverhampton, UK.

CHORD (The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) invites submissions for a workshop that explores the role of individuals and organisations, both amateurs and professionals, in making, collecting and caring for dress and textiles in museums and historic houses. Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. Museum professionals, conservators, students, academics or anybody with an interest in the topic are warmly invited to submit a proposal. We welcome both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organisers before submission (please see details below). Some of the themes that  might be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Collecting and the collector
  • Class, gender and/or ethnicity and the care of historic dress or textiles
  • The roles of professionals and amateurs in museums and historic houses
  • The history of museum curatorship and conservation in dress and textiles
  • Professional organisations, charities and philanthropy
  • Amateur production, conservation, repairs and care of historic textiles or dress

The workshop will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus.

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Laura Ugolini, at by March 6, 2015. Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10 minute presentations, which might focus on a specific collection, new project or work in progress. If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at to discuss your ideas.

Small bursaries will be available for speakers to subsidise the cost of travel (within the UK) and the workshop fee.

For further information, please e-mail: Laura Ugolini at or Margaret Ponsonby at

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