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16th.century embroidered household furnishing

Albion Textile Conservation was set up as a partnership in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1993. The business was then established in California in 1997. The business has now evolved into Albion Conservation Consultancy.The conservators Patricia Hughes and Marion MacDonald have between them fifty years of experience, and work internationally. Our services include Heritage Management. We provide solutions and strategies for issues associated with collections and interiors, taking into account the unique character of a collection and the historic setting and building in which is it housed. Our exhibition design and display service combines a conservator's knowledge of materials and microclimates, with our graphic design skills.

Our methods are informed by current research, and when necessary we bring in specialised advice. We produce complete plans,data and documentation towards funding applications for preservation of heritage projects. Our clients have included: The National Trust for England and Wales.The National Trust for Scotland, The Royal Palaces (Palace of Holyrood House), Glamis Castle Trust, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, West Lothian Council, amongst many private and public collections. Papers include: "Mirror-Imaging: The Art of Tapestry Revisited" - abstract can be found at
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Co-Founders of Albion Conservation Consultancy
PATRICIA HUGHES Dip AD
Studied tapestry design and illustration, Edinburgh College of Art. After training in textile conservation, specialising in tapestry conservation, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ms Hughes exhibited tapestries and set up a private practice in Edinburgh Scotland in 1983, where she was joined later by Ms. MacDonald. Her specialities are: Textile conservation and preventive conservation, with tapestries a particular interest. She has also worked as Acting South Regional Conservator for The National Trust for Scotland, responsible for the condition of the Collections and Interiors of the Historic Houses of The South Region of NTS.
MARION MACDONALD F.R.S.A.
Studied Philosophy, Literature and Arabic at Edinburgh University.In 1977, Co-Founded The Society of Living Traditions, a not-for-profit organisation based in California, which creates and supports cultural and educational cultural revitalisation projects. As president of SLT, Ms MacDonald has fundraised for events and conferences which she has created. Current project www.educationtowardscourage.org
In 1993, joined Patricia Hughes in working internationally as a conservator, specialising in textile conservation, with oriental textiles and tapestries. She is particularly concerned with conservation ethics and preventive conservation