Textile designs at the National Archives

Textile designs 1842-1964: exploring the Board of Trade Representations and Registers

28th July 2011, 2-3pm, National Archives, Kew, Free event

In 1839 the Board of Trade established a scheme for proprietors of original designs (for ornamenting any article of manufacture) to register their designs in order to protect them from commercial piracy. The National Archives holds the surviving representations and registers; these volumes provide information about suppliers from all over Britain, its Empire, and also mainland Europe. With the generous support of the Clothworkers Foundation, The National Archives’ Collection Care Department has established a research fellowship to consider ways of enhancing public access to this unique archive. This talk will focus on the textiles, which include woven and printed cloth, trimmings and lace, as well as stevenographs, gloves, socks, sashes and even two straw bonnets.

Dr Dinah Eastop works in the Collection Care Department of The National Archives, as a Clothworkers Research Fellow (November 2010 to October 2011). She is a specialist in textile conservation and worked until recently at the Textile Conservation Centre. She was the Founding Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies (2002-2007); she also initiated and leads the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project.

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