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Graduate programs at the Textile Conservation Centre

From: Frances J. Lennard <f.j.lennard>
Date: Thursday, August 3, 2006
The Textile Conservation Centre
University of Southampton, UK

MA Textile Conservation

    This two year, career-entry MA programme is taught in the
    internationally renowned Textile Conservation Centre. We still
    have places available for October 2006, including opportunities
    for a one year fast-track route for students with existing
    qualifications or experience.

    Bursaries available on a competitive basis.

MA Organics Conservation

    New two year programme from October 2007, covering leather,
    textiles, paper and modern materials. Fast-track routes will be
    available. (Subject to validation.)

For more information about our courses:

To request an application form phone +44 23 8059 6900 or +44 23 8059
7141 or email askwsa [at] soton__ac__uk

PhD Studentship on in-situ monitoring of tapestry degradation using
strain-based engineering techniques School of Engineering
Sciences/Textile Conservation Centre

    A PhD studentship is now available within the Fluid Structure
    Research Group of the School of Engineering Sciences (SES),
    which will fully cover University tuition fees (at EU/UK level)
    and provide a tax-free bursary of UKP12,300 per year, rising
    annually in line with the UK Government (EPSRC) recommended
    rate, for a three-year duration.

        EU/UK fees are UKP3168 p.a. (subject to increase), and the
        overseas fee is UKP12,700 (subject to increase).  Therefore
        overseas applicants will need to find the fees difference of

    An issue of increasing importance is the effect of mechanical
    strain on tapestries when hanging on display and how these may
    be monitored and quantified. Tapestries and large wall hangings
    can be heavy and whilst being on display, damage may be caused
    not only because of their vulnerability to the environment but
    also through the stress imposed by their own weight. While some
    damage resulting from long-term display is inevitable, effective
    monitoring would allow detection before it becomes both
    disfiguring and costly to rectify.

    This project brings together researchers within the SES and arts
    (Textile Conservation Centre (TCC)) and forms part of a three
    year study, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
    (AHRC). It aims to establish a non-destructive technique for
    measuring the strain and/or monitoring damage in tapestries
    hanging under their own weight and when supported by backing
    fabrics, focusing on how to quantify the rate of degradation for
    a given hanging configuration and how to determine the variables
    that affect the rate of degradation. The experimental work will
    apply three whole-field non-destructive techniques, and focus on
    digital image correlation.

SES is a top 5* rated research school with an international
reputation. Likewise TCC is a centre of excellence in conservation
studies. The successful candidate will work with a group of highly
motivated, first class research students in the areas of
experimental mechanics, structural integrity and arts conservation.

SES and TCC are diverse communities which are committed to creating
an inclusive working and learning environment in which all
individuals are equally treated and valued, and can achieve their
potential. We will consider all studentship applications in relation
to academic criteria and regardless of the individual's race,
gender, or belief.

Entry requirements: The studentship is available to candidates with
the equivalent of a first class or upper second class degree in
Engineering and Physics disciplines.  The studentship is at the
standard AHRC rate, commencing on 1 October 2006.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please

    Dr Janice Barton
    Fluid Structure Interactions Research Group
    School of Engineering Sciences
    University of Southampton SO17 1BJ
    +44 23 8059 6522
    Fax: +44 23 8059 3299
    janice [at] ship__soton__ac__uk

An on-line application form (or hard copy version) can be accessed


or alternatively contact

    Julia Zimbler
    Postgraduate Admissions
    Graduate School Office
    School of Engineering Sciences
    Lanchester Building, University of Southampton
    Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
    +44 23 8059 3389,
    Fax: +44 23 8059 5167
    jfz [at] soton__ac__uk

Please note that applications will only be considered on receipt of
a completed application form.  If applying on-line, please send
supporting documents to Julia Zimbler at the above address.

Closing date for applications: 1 September 2006

Frances Lennard
Lecturer, Programme Leader MA Textile Conservation
Textile Conservation Centre
Winchester School of Art
University of Southampton
+44 23 8059 7100
Fax: +44 23 8059 7101

                  Conservation DistList Instance 20:10
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Received on Thursday, 3 August, 2006

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