Caring for textile collections in museums

Textiles in museum collections vary enormously. They can be large and flat, for example banners and carpets, or small and three-dimensional like caps and purses, or all kinds of variations in between. They can be robust, and strong, or falling apart. This diversity can be very daunting, especially for those new to caring for textile collections.

It is important for those caring for collections to understand what causes damage to textiles, how to recognise the symptoms and, most importantly, how to prevent damage occurring. This fact sheet from Museums Galleries Scotland explains how – even when all the odds seem to be against you.

Click the link on the right-hand side to download this resource as a PDF.

Date created: 2009

Author: Museums Galleries Scotland

Publisher: Museums Galleries Scotland