Mrs Karen Thompson

  • Lecturer (History of Art)

telephone: 01413307608
email: Karen.Thompson@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

 The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History is based in the Robertson Building, Level 3, Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6AQ, (C2 on the Campus Map)

Office Hour: Email for appointment

Research Interests

  • Painted textiles
  • Costume

 

Biography

Karen has been working as a textile conservator for 20 years and has held posts in a number of different conservation organisations in the UK and abroad, including the National Museums of Scotland and the People’s History Museum. She worked in the Conservation Services department of the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC) at the University of Southampton for 10 years. At the TCC she managed several major conservation projects, including the conservation of original Victorian theatre scenery for Normansfield Hospital Theatre and several hundred pairs of shoes for the Northampton Boot and Shoe Museum. Karen is also a qualified teacher and has worked in the wider education sector.

 


Grants

  • Textile Conservation Foundation -To fund a short part-time contract for a research assistant, 6 months for 2 days a week, to investigate and fabricate model painted textiles in order to understand the complex surface and interfacial interactions that occur in these historic objects over time.  Application was successful and the contract ran January – June 2015. Awarded £7,500

    2003/4 AHRB Small Award, ‘An initial exploration of the benefits of using transmitted light photography to access information concealed within multilayered textiles’ £3,150

  • 2005/6 AHRB Small Award, ‘Documentation of papers concealed within an eighteenth century coverlet using transmitted light photography’ £1,355

 


Supervision


Teaching

  • MPhil Textile Conservation, convenor

Additional Information

Administration

Awards

Project manager for the Conservation of Normansfield Theatre Scenery, shortlisted for the National Conservation Awards, 2005

 


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2001 | 1999 | 1997 | 1994
Number of items: 21.

2017

Thompson, K. (2017) The Conservation of the Normansfield Scenery Collection. Normansfield - Protecting a Theatrical Past, Teddington, UK, 20 May 2017. (Unpublished)

Thompson, K., Jaap, A. and Lennard, F. (2017) Skills for Learning and Work - Promoting Graduate Attributes Through Diverse Approaches to Assessment. 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 30 Mar 2017. (Unpublished)

Foskett, S. and Thompson, K. (2017) An Evaluation of the Teaching and Learning of Reflective Practice at the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow. In: Bridgland, J. (ed.) ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen, 4–8 September 2017. ICOM Committee for Conservation.

Smith, M.J. and Thompson, K. (2017) Forensic analysis of textile degradation and natural damage. In: Carr, D. (ed.) Forensic Textile Science. Series: The Textile Institute book series. Woodhead Publishing: Duxford, pp. 41-69. ISBN 9780081018729 (doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-101872-9.00004-2)

Smith, M. , Thompson, K. and Lennard, F. (2017) A literature review of analytical techniques for materials characterisation of painted textiles - Part 2: spectroscopic and chromatographic analytical instrumentation. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 40(3), pp. 252-266. (doi:10.1080/19455224.2017.1365739)

Thompson, K., Smith, M. and Lennard, F. (2017) A literature review of analytical techniques for materials characterisation of painted textiles - Part 1: categorising painted textiles, sampling and the use of optical tools. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 40(1), pp. 64-82. (doi:10.1080/19455224.2016.1269355)

2016

Smith, M.J. , Thompson, K. and Hermens, E. (2016) Breaking down banners: analytical approaches to determining the materials of painted banners. Heritage Science, 4, 23. (doi:10.1186/s40494-016-0095-0)

2014

Blair, K. and Thompson, K. (2014) The consolidation of mud-silk: a Southeast Asian textile. Studies in Conservation, 59(S1), S1-S4. (doi:10.1179/204705814X13975704317237)

Thompson, K. (2014) No. 3 adhesives in textile conservation: a select annotated bibliography of references about adhesives in textile conservation compiled by Karen Thompson. ICON: The Institute of Conservation,

2013

Gamper, C., Thompson, K. and Quye, A. (2013) Viscose Rayon: An Absorbing Problem. An Investigation into the Impact Conservation Wet Cleaning Treatments have on Historic Woven Viscose Rayon Fabrics; with a Supplementary Analysis of Current Techniques for Identifying Man-Made Fibres. In: North American Textile Conservation Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA, 12-15 Nov 2013, pp. 54-71.

Quye, A. , Kiefer, J., Meller, N. and Thompson, K. (2013) Going to Waste? Opening a New Conversation with Historical Dirt. In: Institute of Conservation Icon2013 Triennial Conference: Positive Futures in an Uncertain World, Glasgow, UK, 10-12 Apr 2013,

Thompson, K. and Lennard, F. (2013) Normansfield theatre scenery: materials and construction revealed through conservation. In: Young, C. and Costaras, N. (eds.) Setting the Scene: European Painted Cloths from the Fourteenth to the Twenty-First Century. Archetype Publications: London, pp. 108-115. ISBN 9781904982906

2012

Thompson, K., Coupar, S. and Benner, J. (2012) ‘Most I saw were very dirty, some very ragged and all of very coarse cloth’: the conservation of the nineteenth-century student gown in the Hunterian, University of Glasgow. In: Transactions of the Burgon Society. Burgon Society, pp. 36-45. ISBN 9780956127297

2007

Thompson, K. and Halliwell, M. (2007) Who put the text in textiles? Deciphering text hidden within a 1718 coverlet: documentation of papers hidden within an early 18th-century coverlet using transmitted light photography. In: Hayward, M. and Kramer, E. (eds.) Textiles and Text: Re-establishing the Links Between Archival and Object-based Research : Postprints. Archetype: London, pp. 237-243. ISBN 9781904982265

2006

Harper, M. and Thompson, K. (2006) Made to fit: reinstating a set of tapestries and painted panels into the Audley End Tapestry Room. In: Lennard, F. and Hayward, M. (eds.) Tapestry Conservation, Principles and Practice. Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford, pp. 193-199.

2005

Thompson, K. and Halliwell, M. (2005) An initial exploration of the benefits of using transmitted visible light and infrared photography to access information concealed within multi-layered textiles. In: Janaway, R. and Wyeth, P. (eds.) AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies : first annual conference, 13-15 July 2004 : scientific analysis of ancient and historic textiles : informing preservation, display and interpretation : postprints. Archetype: London. ISBN 9781873132791

Thompson, K. and Wild, J. (2005) Normansfield theatre scenery: project planning and practical solutions for vulnerable painted. In: Big Issues, Institute of Conservation (ICON) Textile Group Forum, London,

2001

Thompson, K. (2001) Lascaux™ - its use as a substrate free film. Conservation News, 74, pp. 45-46.

1999

Thompson, K. (1999) Taking care of banners. National Museum of Labour History. ISBN 095071206X

1997

Thompson, K. (1997) The history of Caesar tapestries from Powis Castle: the treatment of previous repairs and alterations. In: Marko, K. (ed.) Textiles in Trust. Archetype: London, pp. 195-196. ISBN 9781873132265

1994

Thompson, K. (1994) Sepiolite poulticing. Conservation News, 53, pp. 49-51.

This list was generated on Wed Oct 17 02:07:14 2018 BST.
Number of items: 21.

Articles

Smith, M. , Thompson, K. and Lennard, F. (2017) A literature review of analytical techniques for materials characterisation of painted textiles - Part 2: spectroscopic and chromatographic analytical instrumentation. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 40(3), pp. 252-266. (doi:10.1080/19455224.2017.1365739)

Thompson, K., Smith, M. and Lennard, F. (2017) A literature review of analytical techniques for materials characterisation of painted textiles - Part 1: categorising painted textiles, sampling and the use of optical tools. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 40(1), pp. 64-82. (doi:10.1080/19455224.2016.1269355)

Smith, M.J. , Thompson, K. and Hermens, E. (2016) Breaking down banners: analytical approaches to determining the materials of painted banners. Heritage Science, 4, 23. (doi:10.1186/s40494-016-0095-0)

Blair, K. and Thompson, K. (2014) The consolidation of mud-silk: a Southeast Asian textile. Studies in Conservation, 59(S1), S1-S4. (doi:10.1179/204705814X13975704317237)

Thompson, K. (2014) No. 3 adhesives in textile conservation: a select annotated bibliography of references about adhesives in textile conservation compiled by Karen Thompson. ICON: The Institute of Conservation,

Thompson, K. (2001) Lascaux™ - its use as a substrate free film. Conservation News, 74, pp. 45-46.

Thompson, K. (1994) Sepiolite poulticing. Conservation News, 53, pp. 49-51.

Books

Thompson, K. (1999) Taking care of banners. National Museum of Labour History. ISBN 095071206X

Book Sections

Foskett, S. and Thompson, K. (2017) An Evaluation of the Teaching and Learning of Reflective Practice at the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow. In: Bridgland, J. (ed.) ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen, 4–8 September 2017. ICOM Committee for Conservation.

Smith, M.J. and Thompson, K. (2017) Forensic analysis of textile degradation and natural damage. In: Carr, D. (ed.) Forensic Textile Science. Series: The Textile Institute book series. Woodhead Publishing: Duxford, pp. 41-69. ISBN 9780081018729 (doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-101872-9.00004-2)

Thompson, K. and Lennard, F. (2013) Normansfield theatre scenery: materials and construction revealed through conservation. In: Young, C. and Costaras, N. (eds.) Setting the Scene: European Painted Cloths from the Fourteenth to the Twenty-First Century. Archetype Publications: London, pp. 108-115. ISBN 9781904982906

Thompson, K., Coupar, S. and Benner, J. (2012) ‘Most I saw were very dirty, some very ragged and all of very coarse cloth’: the conservation of the nineteenth-century student gown in the Hunterian, University of Glasgow. In: Transactions of the Burgon Society. Burgon Society, pp. 36-45. ISBN 9780956127297

Thompson, K. and Halliwell, M. (2007) Who put the text in textiles? Deciphering text hidden within a 1718 coverlet: documentation of papers hidden within an early 18th-century coverlet using transmitted light photography. In: Hayward, M. and Kramer, E. (eds.) Textiles and Text: Re-establishing the Links Between Archival and Object-based Research : Postprints. Archetype: London, pp. 237-243. ISBN 9781904982265

Harper, M. and Thompson, K. (2006) Made to fit: reinstating a set of tapestries and painted panels into the Audley End Tapestry Room. In: Lennard, F. and Hayward, M. (eds.) Tapestry Conservation, Principles and Practice. Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford, pp. 193-199.

Thompson, K. and Halliwell, M. (2005) An initial exploration of the benefits of using transmitted visible light and infrared photography to access information concealed within multi-layered textiles. In: Janaway, R. and Wyeth, P. (eds.) AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies : first annual conference, 13-15 July 2004 : scientific analysis of ancient and historic textiles : informing preservation, display and interpretation : postprints. Archetype: London. ISBN 9781873132791

Thompson, K. (1997) The history of Caesar tapestries from Powis Castle: the treatment of previous repairs and alterations. In: Marko, K. (ed.) Textiles in Trust. Archetype: London, pp. 195-196. ISBN 9781873132265

Conference or Workshop Item

Thompson, K. (2017) The Conservation of the Normansfield Scenery Collection. Normansfield - Protecting a Theatrical Past, Teddington, UK, 20 May 2017. (Unpublished)

Thompson, K., Jaap, A. and Lennard, F. (2017) Skills for Learning and Work - Promoting Graduate Attributes Through Diverse Approaches to Assessment. 10th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 30 Mar 2017. (Unpublished)

Conference Proceedings

Gamper, C., Thompson, K. and Quye, A. (2013) Viscose Rayon: An Absorbing Problem. An Investigation into the Impact Conservation Wet Cleaning Treatments have on Historic Woven Viscose Rayon Fabrics; with a Supplementary Analysis of Current Techniques for Identifying Man-Made Fibres. In: North American Textile Conservation Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA, 12-15 Nov 2013, pp. 54-71.

Quye, A. , Kiefer, J., Meller, N. and Thompson, K. (2013) Going to Waste? Opening a New Conversation with Historical Dirt. In: Institute of Conservation Icon2013 Triennial Conference: Positive Futures in an Uncertain World, Glasgow, UK, 10-12 Apr 2013,

Thompson, K. and Wild, J. (2005) Normansfield theatre scenery: project planning and practical solutions for vulnerable painted. In: Big Issues, Institute of Conservation (ICON) Textile Group Forum, London,

This list was generated on Wed Oct 17 02:07:14 2018 BST.