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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:


http://textileconservation.academicblogs.co.uk/european-researchers-night-part-2-situating-a-pacific-barkcloth-explorathon-stall/


Below shows some images from the event.


Andy Mills the project historian


Microscope


Misa with visitors


 


 

Other recent news items:

Annual Advisory Committee Meeting and Museum Ethnographers Group Conference 2017
20th April 2017
The team have enjoyed a busy week hosting advisors, researchers and museum professionals here in Glasgow  More >


Volunteering for the barkcloth research project
30th March 2017
Conservation programme for the project is supported by Mphil students from Centre for Textile Conservation.  More >


Open Day 2017 - Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History
29th March 2017
The barkcloth project joined the CTCTAH's open day  More >


Booking has Opened for the 2017 Museum Ethnographers Group Conference in Glasgow
20th January 2017
Tickets are now available for this year's MEG Conference in April, which we are co-hosting with the Hunterian  More >


Barkcloth Treasures in Glasgow Museums
15th November 2016
The project team have been documenting some wonderful cloths in the stores of Glasgow Museums  More >


Mulberry paper used for conserving barkcloths
9th September 2016
Paper made of inner bark of paper mulberry from East and South East Asia is extensively used for the conservation for this project  More >


Explorathon - Researchers' Night Scotland
2nd September 2016
Researchers from the Barkcloth project will be participating in the Explorathon 2016 event  More >


Barkcloth in Cross-Section
1st September 2016
About the technique of taking cross-section samples.  More >


The Project Team are Building a Collaboration on Barkcloth with National Museums Scotland
26th August 2016
Team members spent a great day at National Museums Scotland discussing future collaboration on barkcloth research  More >


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