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Preservation Week: Care & Handling of Heritage Textile Collections

Tuesday, 4/26/2017
1:00-2:00pm CT
Cost: Free

Do you care for the treasured clothing, quilts, lace, christening gowns and even, doilies and antimacassars, in your organization? What are the best ways for you to care for these fragile collections? This webinar will offer basic information for self-surveying historic home and heirloom textiles and identifying risks to long-term preservation of heritage collections. Topics will include condition assessment guidelines, environmental and storage adaptations for house museums, considerations in open display of objects, and short-term prioritizing of conservation needs. There will be time for questions and answers, so be prepared.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will:

  • understand the process of condition assessment for textile collections
  • be able to identify appropriate storage methods for these materials
  • be able to make decisions about appropriate display methods
  • be able to identify immediate conservation priorities for textiles

Who Should Attend

This webinar is primarily intended for staff and volunteers with little or no experience caring for textiles who are currently working in a house museum or similar setting.


Jane Hammond has been involved in multiple phases of textile conservation since 1980, when she began her training at the Cleveland Museum of Art, working in the Department of Textiles. Since 2000 she has served as textile conservator for ICA-Art Conservation in Cleveland, Ohio, providing conservation services and consultation to owners and stewards of antique and contemporary textiles. She has served as conservator in charge of textile treatments for the historically accurate interior restorations of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Home, Fremont, OH; the James A. Garfield Presidential Home in Mentor, OH; and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron, OH. As an associate member, Jane Hammond follows and promotes the principles and standards of practice set forth by The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works.

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