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Conference 2018


Fifty Years of Textile History: Cloth, Dress and Fashion

Museum of London
16 November 2018

In 1968 the Pasold Research Fund launched the Journal Textile History. Today Textile History is one of the leading academic journals in the field of the history of textile, dress, design and fashion. To mark the journal’s 50th anniversary, the Fund has gathered a group of international scholars and new researchers to reflect on the changes that the broad field of textile history has experienced in the past five decades, its changing themes and problems and its contribution to other fields of research ranging from curatorship, to conservation, histories of art, design, fashion and dress.
The 2018 Pasold conference will be held at the Museum of London and will comprise two panels, the first reflecting on the evolution of textile history as a field of enquiry and of Textile History as a journal over the past 50 years. The second panel will showcase new research by PhD students and Postdocs working in the field and will discuss current and future directions, access to source material, new topics, and new methodologies in textile history.


The conference will be held in the Garden Room and Terrace Gallery and run from 1.45pm to 5.30pm.  The conference will be followed by a drinks reception.

13.45-14.00. Arrival and welcome

14.00-15.30. Panel 1. Textile History over the past 50 years: Chairs, Stana Nenadic and Giorgio Riello
Conservation: Mary Brooks (Durham)
Design: Philip Sykas (Manchester Metropolitan)
Value: Miki Sugihura (Hosei and Warwick)
Material Culture: Beverly Lemire (Alberta)

15.30-16.00. Coffee

16.00-17.30. Panel 2. New Directions in Textile History: Chairs, Marian Moskowitz and Vivienne Richmond
Rebecca Unsworth (QMUL) 'Early Modern Fashion in England'
Rudy Jos Beerens (Leuven) ‘Economic and business history of 17th-century tapestries.'
Rosanne Waine (National Museums Scotland), ‘Re-interpreting aspects of Highland dress’
Jo Tierney (Warwick), ‘The Design and Trade of British Textiles to West Africa, c. 1830-1914’
Magali An Berthon (RCA), ‘Silk in Contemporary Cambodia, Weaving a History of Survival, 1990-2018’
17.30-18.30. Drinks and canapés 


For further information and conference registration’ followed by the online link.

The Fund will charge a nominal Registration Fee of £5 that will be used to support postgraduate attendance. Registration is however mandatory.
Registration includes afternoon drinks and an evening drinks reception.


The Pasold Research Fund offers a limited number of student bursaries to cover the registration fee and travel.  Payment of the registration fee in advance is still required and successful applicants will be reimbursed directly.  

Students who wish to be considered for a bursary should register as normal and then email  for further information.  Bursaries are limited to students registered at UK institutions.  Applications for bursaries must be received by 30 September 2018.


If you have any questions regarding the event or registration, please email the Pasold Director, Prof. Stana Nenadic at –