The next lecture at MAES is on Monday 8th December 2014 7 pm for 7.45 pm start at the usual place ( Pendulum hotel M1 3BB). Books on sale & raffle tickets from 7 pm.
Jacqui Hyman on 'BURIED TEXTILE TREASURES: Discoveries from Medieval Egypt'
In 1933, a box of six excavated medieval (Mamluk 1250-1517) Egyptian Children’s decorative burial garments and two silk caps were presented to the University of Leeds by the Egyptologist Professor Percy Newberry for research, but remained forgotten for nearly 80 years. These complete garments represent a historical period when people were buried in their most expensive clothes in readiness for meeting their God.
This lecture describes the personally researched artistic and historical importance of this rare garment collection, which illustrates discoveries in textile design and construction previously unknown. To date, this collection is unique as no museums have complete examples from this historical period. In addition, their conservation and use of modern forensic-styled analytical techniques have revealed their historical past, with China, medieval Islamic Egypt and Europe. This lecture is lavishly illustrated and contains fascinating images taken by the Scanning Electron Microscope.
JACQUELINE HYMAN obtained her degree in Textile Design from the University of Leeds, and then received Textile Conservation training through the North of England Museum’s Service. She established
the freelance Textile Restoration Studio in 1982, offering conservation services to private and public sectors, and since 2008 has specialised in conserving ancient and medieval Egyptian textiles. She has also appeared on antiques programmes on Channel 4, BBC Two and the Discovery Channel. She is an Accredited Textile Conservator / Restorer (ACR) and member of the Institute for Conservation and the Textile Society.
source: Manchester Ancient Egypt Society