Professor Frances Lennard
- Professor of Textile Conservation (History of Art)
- Pacific barkcloth
Frances is the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place
- Tapestry conservation and the application of engineering techniques to monitor tapestries
Frances is also leading a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, From the Golden Age to the Digital Age: Modelling and Monitoring Historic Tapestries in collaboration with Dr Philip Harrison in the School of Engineering. This is building on a previous AHRC-funded project carried out at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the School of Engineering Sciences.
- Painted textiles, particularly trade union banners.
- Public engagement for textile conservation and the impact of context on treatments.
- Re-evaluation of conservation treatments.
Frances has published two books for Elsevier: Textile Conservation: Advances in Practice, co-edited with Patricia Ewer (2010) and Tapestry Conservation: Principles and Practice, co-edited with Maria Hayward (2006).
- 2015 Principal Investigator, ‘Situating Pacific barkcloth production in time and place’. AHRC Research Grant AH/M00886X/1, 2016-19, £994,050.
- 2015 Principal Investigator, ‘From the Golden Age to the Digital Age: Modelling and monitoring historic tapestries’. Leverhulme Trust Research Grant RGP-2015-179, 2016-19, £204,000.
- 2012 Co-Investigator, 'Tapestry in the Round: Interdisciplinary Cross-sector Research in Textile History'. Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshop in Arts and Humanities, 2012-2013, £8680. PI, Dr Graeme Small, History, University of Glasgow
- 2007 Principal Investigator, 'Towards in-situ monitoring of tapestry degradation usingstrain-based engineering techniques'. AHRC Research Grant AH/D001404/1, 2007-9, £386,000
- 2004 Joint award-holder with Dr Jacqui Earl, 'Monitoring tapestry degradation using wholefield non-destructive strain measurement techniques'. University of Southampton Annual Grant, £22,844.
- 2003 AHRB Small Award, 'A re-evaluation of the conservation treatment of trade union banners undertaken in the 1980s'. £2,272.
- Caroline Ness (PhD): ‘Famous, Forgotten, Found: rediscovering the career of London couture fashion designer Giuseppe (Jo) Mattli, 1934-1980.' (Completed 2014.)
- Toolika Gupta (PhD): 'The influence of British rule on Indian mens’ fashion, 1857-1947.'
- Lucie Whitmore (PhD): 'Fashion in the Great War: Interpreting women's experiences of conflict, through costume.
- Cecilia Voss (PhD): Strain monitoring to inform the conservation and display of historic tapestries.
- Convenor MPhil Textile Conservation
- School Impact Champion
- Member of History of Art Research Committee, School Research Committee, School Management Team, College of Arts Project Development Board
- External Examiner, MA Conservation Studies, West Dean College.
- Editorial Board, Studies in Conservation, International Institute for Conservation
- Member of National Conservation Education and Skills Strategy Stakeholders Group, Icon.
- Assessor Professional Accreditation of Conservators (PACR) for Icon, 2003-2016.
Qualifications and Awards
- 2010 Visiting Research Fellow, School of Humanities, University of Southampton
- 2007 Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (FIIC)
- 2003 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- 1999 Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR)
Helen Williams, Frances Lennard, Dinah Eastop, Janice Dulieu-Barton, Alan Chambers, ‘Application of digital image correlation to tapestry & textile condition assessment’, in Joel Thopson (ed.), AIC Textile Specialty Group, Los Angeles, May 2009 (Washington D.C.: AIC, 2010), pp. 156-170. (CD_Rom format).
Frances Lennard, Dinah Eastop, ‘Image, object, context: image re-integration in textile conservation’, in Jean Brown (ed.), The Image Re-integration Conference. Proceedings of the 2nd Triennial Conservation Conference at Northumbria University 15-17 September 2003 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Northumbria University Press, 2007), pp. 7-14.
‘The impact of artists' moral rights legislation on conservation practice in the UK and beyond’, in Isabelle Verger (ed.), ICOM Committee for Conservation 14th Triennial Meeting, The Hague 12-16 September 2005 (London: James & James, 2005), pp. 285-290.
Cordelia Rogerson, Frances Lennard, ‘Billowing silk and bendable binders: is flexibility the key to understanding banner behaviour?’, in Rob Janaway and Paul Wyeth (eds.), Scientific Analysis of Ancient & Historic Textiles. Informing Preservation, Display and Interpretation. Postprints, AHRB Research Centre for Textile Conservation & Textile Studies, Second Annual Conference. Textile Conservation Centre, 13-15 July 2004 ( London: Archetype Press, 2005), pp. 12-18.
Frances Lennard, Vivian Lochhead, ‘United we stand: the conservation of trade union banners’, in Jan Vuori (ed.), North American Textile Conservation Biannual Conference 2003: The Conservation of Flags and other Symbolic Textiles, Albany, USA, November 2003 (USA: NATCC, 2003), pp. 111-118.
‘Preserving image and structure: tapestry conservation in Europe and the United States’, Reviews in Conservation, Vol. 7 (2006) pp. 43-53.
Janice Dulieu-Barton, Leo Dokos, Dinah Eastop, Frances Lennard, Alan Chambers, Melin Sahin, ‘Deformation and strain measurement techniques for the inspection of damage in works of art’, Reviews in Conservation, Vol. 6 (2005) pp. 63-73.