Taking Care: Family Textiles

Discussion of how to care for the various types of textiles found in family collections including clothing, flags and furniture coverings and framed textiles. The session will cover how to safely store and display textiles and how to determine when the services of a professional conservator are needed. This session commemorates Preservation Week 2012.

Learning Outcomes

Proper handling and storage of heirloom textiles. How to prevent damage and minimize deterioration. Resources for storage materials. Additional resources for further information.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with family collections of textiles or anyone who would like information on caring for textiles.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Bronwyn Eves, Objects Conservator from Springfield, Illinois. Bronwyn has worked as a conservator in the past at the Field Museum of Natural History, and interned at the Museum of New Mexico, the Peabody Museum at Harvard and the Art Institute of Chicago. Bronwyn has been a conservator in private practice since 1999 and has served museums and private collectors throughout Illinois. Currently Bronwyn is the project manager of the Illinois Collections Preservation Network, an IMLS funded grant aimed at developing a network of professionals who care for collections.

Date & Times

Available 24/7. Originally presented Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Session lasts about 1 hour.




Free. This session is available at no cost as part of Preservation Week 2012.

Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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Access the Recording

Recording (YouTube)

Recording (.wmv)

Slides (.pdf)


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