The Burrell Collection Tapestries Project

Glasgow Museums

About the project

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The Burrell Collection has over 200 tapestries. The Research Project aims to study these in-depth and will result in a detailed catalogue of the tapestries in the collection, and an accessible research archive. The tapestries date from about 1300 to about 1700. Most of them come from about 1400 to about 1500. They vary in size from relatively small items and fragments (the smallest panel measures less than 17cm by 24cm) to magnificent wall-covering examples which can each encompass dozens of square metres.

What are we doing?

 Two of the initial tasks of the cataloguing project are to: photograph all of the tapestries, and examine and document the size, fineness and condition of each of them in technical detail. The first task is being carried out by dedicated in-house photographic staff. The second is being carried out by in-house textile conservators. Both are assisted by a technician. In the case of the smaller tapestries, this specialist work will be carried out in the photographic studio and textile workshop respectively. Larger tapestries are being photographed and examined by conservators in the Burrell Collection temporary exhibition gallery. This stage of the project is scheduled to about one year. It began in July 2009 and will continue throughout 2010.

What can you see in the museum?

A Public Programme supports the Research project, and runs alongside it. The Public Programme provides public access to the work being done in the exhibition space, and the reasons behind it. Particular emphasis is placed on the work taking place on the larger tapestries taking place in the exhibition space. Information about the project is on display to place these specialist tasks within their wider context. You can also explore the tapestries still on display throughout the museum. We also have a diverse series of events tailored to a variety of audiences – keep an eye out for more details!


Written by johnferry

November 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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