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Dr Alex Forsey

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True Colours: The effects of detergent use on the historic interpretation, understanding and conservation of museum textiles
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Oct 201930 Sep 2023AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council

This PhD project is an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between the V&A and the OU. This interdisciplinary project between the Open University and the V&A Museum aims to examine how conservators and curators make decisions about cleaning museum textiles, and the effect of conventional wet-cleaning on museum textiles. In doing so it aims to enhance museum conservation and curatorial practices as well as to develop improved cleaning processes for museum textiles. This research thus has excellent potential to development innovative practical and inexpensive cleaning techniques as well as improved decision-making strategies that can be adopted by the textile conservation profession, within and beyond the UK.