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Call for papers--Textiles conservation

From: Paul Wyeth <p.wyeth>
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2003
Call For Papers

"Scientific Analysis of Ancient and Historic Textiles: Informing
Preservation, Display and Interpretation"
AHRB Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies
First Annual Conference
Textile Conservation Centre
Winchester Campus
University of Southampton, UK
July 13-15, 2004

Extant historic textiles represent an important part of material
culture; they provide rich evidence of social history, international
trade, agricultural development, artistic trends and technological
progress. Analytical science can play a major role in ensuring the
appropriate interpretation, essential preservation and continued
enjoyment of such cultural heritage.

The overarching theme of this international conference is the
characterisation of ancient and historic textile materials for
informed conservation and display, and enhanced understanding.
Contributions should engage an audience of archaeologists,
archaeological scientists, conservators, conservation scientists,
custodians and curators, and will span the following topics, with an
emphasis on natural fibre-based textiles: identification of textile
materials, assessment of textile deterioration, characterisation of
fibre behaviour, diagnostic virtual libraries, non-destructive
monitoring of ageing, evaluating risks of conservation and display,
setting limits through accelerated ageing, and archaeological

Papers will encompass instrumental analytical methodology and its
application to heritage preservation. The invited keynote overviews,
will be complemented by shorter contributions of 15 to 20 minutes.

Besides the four conference sessions, one each on the Tuesday
afternoon, Wednesday morning and afternoon and on the Thursday
morning of the meeting, encompassing the main themes, there will be
a reception on the Tuesday evening and a tour of Winchester
Cathedral with its historic vestments at the end of the conference,
on the Thursday afternoon.

Deadline for abstract submission: December 15, 2003
Notification of acceptance to authors: 15th February 15, 2004
Deadline for registration: May 15, 2004

Proffered contributions including a provisional title, the names and
affiliations of the authors, the contact address, phone number and
email address for the principal author, and an abstract of up to 300
words should be emailed to contex [at] soton__ac__uk by 15th December,
2003. Submissions will be considered by the programme committee and
authors informed of the outcome by 15th February, 2004. If deemed
appropriate, some papers may be considered for poster rather than
oral presentation. Accepted abstracts will be collated for
distribution at the meeting and will be available for consultation
on-line after February 2004. The Conference Proceedings will be
published, and instructions to authors for preparation of full
papers will be available in February 2004.

Offers of sponsorship are invited. Sponsors will be acknowledged in
the conference programme and will be able to include their logo in
the published Conference Proceedings, due out Spring 2005. If there
is sufficient interest, there will also be an opportunity to present
displays at a complementary technical exhibition for suppliers of
conservation materials, fabrics and scientific equipment. Interested
companies should email jbennett [at] soton__ac__uk for further details.

The conference will be held at the University of Southampton
Winchester Campus. Travel and accommodation information will be
linked from the conference web pages:
<URL:>,  where the full conference
programme and other details will also be posted. Meanwhile, to be
placed on the emailing list please contact the Conference
Secretariat, email: contex [at] soton__ac__uk.

Dr Paul Wyeth
Textile Conservation Centre
University of Southampton Winchester Campus
Winchester SO23 8DL
+44 2380 597122
Fax: +44 2380 597101

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