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Approaching it Differently - Upholstery Conservation: a joint Textile Group...

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Knole House

Sevenoaks

TN15 0RP

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Please contact Alex Owen on aowen.cons@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Due to the popularity of this event the possibility of a repeat is under consideration.

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As an introduction to upholstery conservation, the course will enable students to gain greater knowledge of the history of upholstered furniture with relation to the frame and textiles, and discuss the upholstery materials, tools and techniques used to create them. The methods available to examine existing upholstery, and to understand the physical evidence of original and later phases of work using tack holes and fragments on the frame will be discussed.

Practical sessions will introduce participants to the simple upholstery skills necessary to attach and remove textiles from the frame using standard fixed attachments. Pros and cons of these traditional fixings will be discussed and provide a framework for discussion about how they can be replaced with less damaging alternative conservation techniques. Textile conservation and treatment of other original upholstery materials will be shown alongside modern approaches used for the recreation and application of missing historically accurate upholstery.


Held at Knole House in Kent, this two-day workshop is open to both Textile and Furniture conservators with the aim of fostering an informative exchange of skills and experience at this area of interface between the two specialisms. The course, lead by Heather Porter, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, the 4th and 5th of September, 2017. There will also be an opportunity to explore Knole House.


Morning and afternoon tea, plus a buffet lunch, will be provided on both days.

A shuttle taxi service will be provided to and from Sevenoaks station, but ONLY at the times specified. The cost is included in the overall ticket price. Further details will be provided by email on purchase of a ticket.

Ticket prices are offered at a subsidised rate.


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