Hidden Treasures

Between 2015 and 2018, we had the very great pleasure of undertaking the de-installation, conservation and re-installation of 12 costumed funeral effigies for display in Westminster Abbey’s new galleries.

Family heirlooms

At ZTC we give your precious personal collections and family heirlooms as much care and attention as museum objects. Cleaning and repairing family items such as christening robes, samplers, wedding gowns and vintage costume as well as providing suitable storage and display will help ensure their longevity for future generations of your family to enjoy. …

A Wonderful Waterproofed Smock from Worthing Museum

A late 19th Century English Sussex waterproofed smock in vulnerable condition from the collection of the Worthing Museum has recently been conserved partly as an ICON/HLF funded internship project started some years ago. Initial work was undertaken by Mira when an intern at the ZTC Studio but the more complex adhesive treatment required for the …

Conservation of the Manchester smoking jacket

Treatment is now complete on a decadent aubergine silk man’s smoking jacket from Manchester Art Gallery for their exhibition Dandy Style opening on 4th February 2021.  The conservation was undertaken by Jamie Robinson and was generously funded by the Costume Society’s own Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Grant to ensure the jacket’s longevity on and after display. …

Royal Courts of Justice Legal and Judicial Costume Collection

This article by our former administrator Victoria Haddock was first published in the Costume Society Newsletter, Autumn 2019 In 2018, Zenzie Tinker was delighted to be appointed as the Advisor for Conservation and Display of the Legal Costume Collection at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The collection of legal and judicial costume and …

Charleston: Orlando at the Present Time

Charleston’s inaugural exhibition held in the Wolfson Galleries opened in September 2018 with ‘Orlando at the Present Time’, marking the 90 years since the first publication of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: A Biography.  The exhibition included contemporary interpretations alongside rarely seen letters, photographs and objects connected to the original publication of the novel.  Also on …