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Graduate programs at the Textile Conservation Centre

From: Kathleen McCulloch <k.mcculloch>
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2006
Education Developments
The Textile Conservation Centre

The Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) is part of the University of
Southampton and based on the University's Winchester School of Art
campus. The TCC is an international centre of excellence for textile
conservation education, research and practice.  Since joining the
University of Southampton our work has diversified significantly and
we are in the process of implementing a range of exciting new
initiatives planned as natural developments of our current work.

We already provide MA and PhD level education in Textile
Conservation and Museums and Galleries and this portfolio will be
significantly enhanced over the next few years

>From October 2006 onwards

     1. MRes Science and Heritage

        The course (an MA by research) is a specialist conservation
        science programme.  The students will gain an understanding
        of cultural heritage and develop their specialist knowledge
        of analytical technology through an extended research

    2.  MA Museums and Galleries

        This continuing, and successful, programme currently offers
        three pathways: Culture, Collections and Communication;
        Collections Management and History of Textiles and Dress. We
        will offer three additional pathways from October 2006:

        Access and Learning

            For those particularly interested in museum education,
            including teachers who are keen on a change of career
            direction.  This will be offered in collaboration with
            the Hampshire County Museum and Archives Service
            (HCMAS), one of the largest county museums services in
            the UK.

        Archives in Museums

            This pathway gives students the opportunity to learn not
            just about the objects that will be in their care but
            also the archives and how they can contribute to the
            interpretation of collections.  It will be taught in
            collaboration with the archivists at the University and

        Interpreting Historic Interiors

            This pathway will provide a framework for those keen on
            working in historic houses or interpreting period rooms.
            We will be working with external organisations including
            the National Trust and the independent country house

>From October 2007 onwards

    1.  MA Organics Conservation

        This two year course will complement our existing MA Textile
        Conservation by  focussing on paper, leather and textiles.
        It will be of interest to those who want to work on a wider
        range of materials and will be offered in collaboration with
        paper and leather specialists within the University of
        Southampton and externally

    2.  BA Heritage Studies: Museums and Galleries

        The units we have offered to BA students on this subject
        have been extremely popular.  This is one of the factors in
        our decision to develop this BA programme.  Its graduates
        will be in a good position to progress to further education
        and training in the sector as well as possessing
        transferable skills for wider employment.  Some will want to
        develop their skills, and thus the employment options open
        to them in the sector so our MA Museums and Galleries will
        be a natural next step for many of them.

You can find more information at


    Kathleen McCulloch
    Textile Conservation Centre
    +44 23 8059 7141
    Fax: +44 23 8059 6901

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