Conserving Tauranga’s historic textiles

Heather Hamm discussing the conservation of textiles.


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Tauranga has one of NZ’s largest historical collections of textiles and fashion. It’s stored carefully, out of public sight and access.


Correctly conserving and storing garments and textiles so they last hundreds of years is something that is of high interest to Tauranga’s Heather Hamm.

Heather gave a talk on Sunday at the Tauranga Historical Society monthly meeting about her visit behind the scenes at the Victoria and Albert (V &A) Museum of Art and Design in London.

The V&A’s Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion is a state-of-the-art facility in west London that offers visitors and researchers a truly unique opportunity to inspect and study one of the most important collections of textiles and fashion in the world, ranging from archaeological fragments to heavy tapestry and carpets, accessories and underwear to embroidered 18th century court dresses and contemporary haute couture.

It houses a collection that spans 3,000 years, and ranges from fragments to very large examples.

The Tauranga Historical Society works to preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of the Bay of Plenty for the people of the region and beyond.

Each month on a Sunday at 2pm, the society holds a meeting in the hall behind the Brain Watkins House at 233 Cameron Road. Anyone is welcome to attend, with a $2 entry and cup of tea or coffee provided afterwards. The Brain Watkins House is open to the public on Sunday afternoons.

Brain Watkins House

Very old lace

The Clothworkers’ Centre at Blythe House, Olympia in London.

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Hoho, was that M for Museum?

Posted on 09-08-2017 17:38 | By Papamoaner

Pressed my button! It’s almost as if you were expecting me Astex (only joking) If it’s a beautifully designed and built old colonial building or ship, made of wood, we cherish it and the Historic Places trust will protect it for us. But If it’s a beautifully designed and built "bit of rag" (to some), it doesn’t get the same exposure. There’s nought so queer as folk! What’s that they say about beauty and the beholder?

BTW ...

Posted on 09-08-2017 09:15 | By chancer

Good on you Heather & Historic Society.

Yes! to the ...

Posted on 09-08-2017 09:14 | By chancer

... M word ! That is exactly why we need to invest in a Museum. These, and other artifacts, are held securely away from the public and we (rate payers) cover enormous cost for this yet cannot view these pieces. Get cracking TCC & community - we need that museum to stop wasting storage fees.

Watch out!

Posted on 08-08-2017 20:25 | By astex

I feel that someone will mention the "M" word here soon. :-)