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  • Lindy Richardson (Presenter)

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Embroidered Stories. Collaborative outreach conservation and digital analysis

The paper seeks to demonstrate that learning, through personal practical hands-on involvement with precious archive items, can promote a sense of ownership and responsibility in the care and understanding of our national heritage for the future generations. The research connects diverse groups e.g., University staff and students, amateur enthusiasts and guilds, prisoners, Museum conservators, archivists and technicians, schools, refugees and migrants, with one another around shared activities linked to historic collections. The projects used as case studies employ analogue conservation methods to care for archival material ensuring safe accessibility for further research, along with digital data analysis. Heritage Lottery Funded project, Embroidered Stories conserved and re-housed 70 embroidered items from the Needlework Development Scheme (NDS) in handling mounts plus fully annotated stitch analysis of each piece and videos of stitches. Digital tools employed for close analysis capture new data of objects held in University and national collections. Developed through 3D scanning and printing, high resolution digital photography and printing, along with x-ray and high-resolution scanning technologies, data collected contribute to deeper, and in many cases new understanding of objects. Magnification and 3-dimensional analysis offers fresh insights into archival items.
The results of the projects’ activities and their effectiveness in sharing knowledge and understanding of the archives and ongoing accessibility for learning and teaching through these objects include blogs, social media, and a web-site tailor made as part of the research. A major exhibition of the results of this research is secured for November 2019-Feburary 2020.
Period23 Jan 2019
Event typeConference
LocationBolton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational