I have just received an email from a friend telling me that the Textile Conservation Centre is due to close and over 2700 embroiders and textile artists have been signing a petition to 10 Downing Street to hopefully prevent the closure of such an important academic institution which has a distinguished history and international reputation and to secure the jobs of leading academics within this field.
The Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) was established as an independent charitable trust in 1975. Based in Hampton Court Place from 1975-1999. Merged with the University of Southampton in 1998 and moved to a custom-designed building on Winchester School of Art campus in 1999. The TCC is the leading international organisation in the field of textile conservation research, education and practice. Students of conservation, conservation science and museums and galleries study alongside each other, so building a mutual understanding of the wider sector in which they will work. MA Textile Conservation is considered the leading course internationally, with the majority of trained textile conservators around the world having studied at TCC. The University of Southampton proposes to close TCC commencing summer 2008 with full closure by September 2009, with the loss of all jobs and courses.
Please if you feel as strongly as we do that this centre should remain open please go to this link and sign the petition: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/TCCClosure/