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Barkcloth at European Researchers' Night

20th December 2016

European Researchers Night

The barkcloth project team have had many visitors over the last 11 months. These have included historians, scientists, conservators, curators and some people who were just interested in the project and what the team at Glasgow are researching.

However, to bring the project and its aims to a wider audience we have also taken the project on ‘tour’.  Our first, of hopefully many ventures, was to take part in the European Researchers’ Night, as part of the University of Glasgow’s Explorathon activities, at the Hunterian Museum on the 30th September. The event actually took place from 12noon until 4pm!

All the Glasgow team were there manning our research stall which was based on the second floor of the Hunterian Museum. On the stall we had examples of contemporary barkcloth, a small barkcloth piece from the Hunterian’s own collection, a variety of raw materials used in barkcloth making and a small sample of resin embedded barkcloth that visitors could view using a microscope. 

Of the numerous visitors that stopped to view the items and discuss the research many left comments in our visitors’ book. They ranged from visitors who had never encountered barkcloth to those who had previous interest in this art form. Here are a few of these comments:

‘I knew nothing about barkcloth at all! Thanks for an interesting and informative experience’.

‘Absolutely fascinating project.  So nice to see a strongly interdisciplinary team investigating something like from so many different angles.  Clearly explained. Look forward to hearing more in the future’.

‘It was exceptionally fascinating and I’m glad the research is finally being done on the Pacific bark!’

In 2017 the Glasgow team are planning to bring their research to a number of venues and we will be advertising these in the near future.

For a fuller report on ‘Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place’ at the European Researchers’ Night can be found at:


Below shows some images from the event.

Andy Mills the project historian


Misa with visitors



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