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Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project, 2006-2011

Project From 2006 to 2010, the Mackintosh Conservation & Access Project (MCAP) conserved the fabric of GSA’s A listed Mackintosh building and its archive and museum collections, enabling enhanced access to the School’s heritage assets. An extensive conservation programme treated items from GSA’s textile, furniture, art on paper, plaster cast and archive collections. This work has ensured the future preservation of these items while allowing them to be accessed by researchers and displayed to the

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Centre for Textile Conservation – Working with GSA Archives and Collections

Over the last few months, the Archives and Collections have been working with students from the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Textile Conservation (CTC).  The students are currently working on a project to conserve T-shirts from two of our collections. The CTC published a blog on the project a few weeks ago, which has been reproduced below.  The original blog can be found at http://textileconservation.academicblogs.co.uk/a-collaborative-project-with-gsa-archives-and-collections-introduction/.  You can also follow the CTC on Instagram @UofG_CTC.  A collaborative

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A visit from Glasgow University Textile Conservation students

A few weeks ago we hosted a visit from the students of the textile conservation MPhil course at The University of Glasgow. The group have kindly allowed us to republish a blog post about their visit written by Marika Kesler (2nd year Student, MPhil Textile Conservation) and their lecturer Sarah Foskett… The second year course Conservation in Practice aims, amongst other things, to put the theory and practice of textile conservation into a professional context and enhance the students

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Jennifer Lightbody on Conservation, Cataloguing and Community Archives

Skills for the Future trainee Jennifer Lightbody gives us an update on what June has brought for her Audio Visual project! The highlight of this month at GSA has been a two day trip to Stornoway to the Community Archives conference, hosted by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Council on Archives. One of my fellow trainees, Shona MacLellan, is based at the Tasglann and played a large part in organising the event for

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Conservation of GSA’s Roll of Honour features on BBC News

GSA’s Roll of Honour has recently been conserved and today the BBC have included a feature about it on Reporting Scotland. The illuminated Roll of Honour was commissioned by the School to commemorate staff and students from Glasgow School of Art who served in World War One. It was designed by a former student, Dorothy Doddrell in 1925, and takes the form of an illuminated parchment in paint and gold leaf, set within a substantial copper

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Textile Conservation: The University of Brighton’s blog

We’ve recently come across The University of Brighton’s excellent Conserving the Archives blog. Because we have our very own collection of Stoddard-Templeton carpets and textiles, we were especially interested in their most recent post, which is actually a guest entry by Emily Austin. Emily is a Textile Conservation student at the University of Glasgow, who has recently completed a placement with Zenzie Tinker Conservation during June and got to work on some of the University of Brighton’s carpet

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Mackintosh Building windows undergo conservation

The massive library windows of the Mackintosh Building here at Glasgow School of Art are currently undergoing conservation. The 30ft high windows will be removed and taken to specialist conservators, who will replace cracked panes and restore metal frames. Last week preparation for the works began by protecting the woodwork, floors and lights in the library and bringing in protective screens which will replace the windows while they are being restored. The work has been

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Kitchen Store Jar: Flour by Robert Stewart (1924-1995)

Kitchen Store Jar: Flour

Robert Stewart studied and taught Printed Textiles at GSA from the late 1940s-1980s. As well as being an inspirational educator, Stewart also created designs for Liberty and Pringle and undertook private commissions for tapestries and murals. This lidded ceramic jar with decorative transfers is labelled “flour”. Other jars in our collection created by Stewart are similar in style, and are labelled for ginger, currants and lentils. Some of these jars underwent conservation work after the

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Spice Jar: Ginger by Robert Stewart (1924-1995)

Spice Jar: Ginger

Robert Stewart studied and taught Printed Textiles at GSA from the late 1940s-1980s. As well as being an inspirational educator, Stewart also created designs for Liberty and Pringle and undertook private commissions for tapestries and murals. This lidded ceramic jar with decorative transfers is labelled for ginger. Other jars in our collection created by Stewart are similar in style, and are labelled for flour, currants and lentils. Some of these jars underwent conservation work after

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Key Dates

Resource Learn more about GSA’s History and browse a selection of images of material from our holdings by date range Pre 1889 1890 – 1918 1919 – 1950 1951 – 1970 1971 – 1990 1991 – present 1845 – 1889The Early Years During the 19th century, Glasgow was a busy and prosperous industrial city. There was a large demand for designers and architects to support its businesses and growing population. The Glasgow School of Art

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Window on the Mack

Project The ‘Window on the Mack’ visitor centre opened in 2014, providing a framed view of the famous Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art from directly opposite, in the School’s Reid Building. The visitor centre provides not only a stunning view of the Mackintosh Building, but also includes models, photographs, films, animations, drawings and records detailing the famous Glasgow School of Art building by celebrated architect and GSA’s most revered alumnus Charles Rennie

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Mackintosh Fire Recovery

Project On the 23rd May 2014, a major fire in the west wing of the Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art resulted in the loss of parts of the School’s built heritage, art and furniture holdings – and damage to some of its paper-based archives and textile collections. The majority of our paper archives and artworks on paper, including 100 works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, were unharmed by the fire. A small percentage

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