Michelle Harper ACR
I have been a textile conservator since 1992. I have been working as a freelance textile conservator in my studio based in the Midlands since 2006. I work on a wide range of textiles for many different clients. These include private individuals (who have family textiles), national museums, independent historic houses, the National Trust and English Heritage.
I am one of the National Trust’s textile advisors covering the Midlands, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and the Lake District. I also have experience of working on mixed media objects including train carriages, horse drawn carriages, shoes, parasols, steam boat interiors and general upholstery.
As well as conserving textiles, I have a wide experience of providing an advisory service which includes carrying out textile surveys, advice about handling, packing, storage, costume mounting, preparing textiles for freezing and surface cleaning. I offer a wide range of preventive conservation training workshops.
Presented paper at the 'Care and Preservation of Modern Materials in Costume Collections' Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1998. Presented paper at the 'Heritage Forum - International Congress and Exhibition on Conservation', Business Design Centre, London, 2000. Presented paper for English Heritage Forum on Rangers House at the Wallace Collection, 2002. Co-wrote two chapters for 'Tapestry Conservation - Principles and Practice', Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005.
Three Post Graduate Diploma in Textile Conservation based at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
I worked for the National Trust, Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk.
I worked for the Textile Conservation Centre for nine years based at Hampton Court Palace, also when it relocated to Winchester University of Southampton.