The Textile Conservation Centre


Welcome to the Textile Conservation Centre's (TCC) website which:

The TCC was founded by Karen Finch OBE in 1975 at Hampton Court Palace. In 1999 it became part of the University of Southampton and moved to Winchester.  It was closed by the University in October 2009. In 2010, Glasgow University and the TCC Foundation created a new Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History which continues and extends the work of the former TCC and benefits from the TCC's assets such as equipment, library and intellectual property.

Some of our highlights

  • The main building at Glasgow University


    The new Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 9th February 2011.  This new development by Glasgow University with the TCC Foundation brings conservation education to Scottish universities for the first time.

  • King Henry VIII


    From 1999-2009 the TCC raised over £2m for research for its internationally significant research, eg. The AHRC Research Centre in Textile Conservation & Textile Studies (2002-2007). Glasgow University will establish an international research network in textile conservation thanks to support from the Getty Foundation.

  • The Textile Conservation Centre Foundation

    The TCC Foundation has ensured the future of textile conservation education and research in negotiating the new development in Glasgow University. The TCCF’s currentg priorities include raising funds for bursaries and to support research and the purchase of new equipment.  We would welcome your support.

  • Conservation Projects

    Conservation Projects

    The TCC’s professional Conservation Services team offered commercial conservation to museums and private clients in the UK and overseas. The new Centre in Glasgow development does not offer a commercial service, but you can find out about some of the TCC’s past projects and highlights here…

[The Textile Conservation Centre is] a national treasure for Britain, a national treasure on which the other national treasures depend

Jerry Podany,
President of ICC,
April 19th 2009.

Recent News

  1. Major Research Grant Success for the Centre for Textile Conservation

    September 2015

     The TCC's successor, the Centre for Textile Conservation, part of the University of Glasgow, is celebrating having secured two major research grants totalling over £1m.

  2. Centre to hold international conference, 6th-7th December 2012

    October 2012

    An international conference on authenticity will be hosted on 6th-7th December 2012 by the Centre's Research Network for Textile Conservation, Dress and Textile History and Technical Art History. Find out more details here...