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Over the past thirty years or so upholstery conservation has developed into a specialist discipline. During this time there have been changes in approaches to documentation and investigation of extant materials and to the treatment of surviving original materials. Changes in treatment approaches have also extended to the restoration of an upholstered appearance to bare frames for museum displays.

Detail Summary
Date 31 May 2013
Time 09:15 - 12:15
Organised by Kate Gill

Through a series of case studies the lecture will aim to cover the following areas:

  • The history and development of upholstery conservation
  • Establishing the role of the object and how this may influence treatment options
  • Identifying objects needs and approaches to treatment
  • Collaboration of textile, furniture and upholstery specialists

There will be an opportunity to look at examples of conservation materials used in the case studies presented. There will also be time for informal discussion of issues covered.

Recommended reading prior to session:
GILL, K. 2004. The development of upholstery conservation as a practice of investigation, interpretation and preservation. Reviews in Conservation, (London: IIC) 5, 3-24.


Kate Gill FIIC ACR FHEA, Senior Conservator/Lecturer, Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton (1998-2009). Kate is a free-lance conservator, lecturer and researcher, notably of textiles. She is a specialist in upholstery conservation and innovative, image based documentation. Kate has published widely on textile and upholstery conservation.


University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort, room F0.02.


Lecture fee is € 45,-.


Number of Participants: maximum 35. Registration is open to restorers, conservation scientists and related professionals practicing within the field.

How to apply

Please e-mail your filled in registration form before May 20th, 2013 to  Applications will be considered in order of arrival.
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation plus the information for payment. Your registration is final when we have received the fee.


Please contact Angèle Goossens (coordinator continuing education) or Rosa Hoogenboom (secretariat) by e-mail, or by telephone +31 (0)20-5252021 or +31 (0)20-5254899 with any queries.