Lessons Learned -Textile Conservation - Then and Now 
12th North American Textile Conservation Conference  
Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada 
September 23 - 29, 2019
        The twelfth biennial North American Textile Conservation Conference 
(NATCC) will be held in Ottawa, Canada, and will focus on the theme of "Lessons 
Learned - Textile Conservation - Then and Now." The choice of the topic was 
inspired by NATCC's return to the City of Ottawa, venue of our first conference 
in 1997. Analytical studies, conservation protocols, treatments, exhibition 
displays, and materials and techniques have evolved during the past 20+ years, 
often dramatically. We propose to revisit conservation procedures, best 
practices, collaborations, and other preservation guidelines carried out during 
the 1980s through the present. 
        Presentations may include, but are not limited to, evolving 
conservation protocols and best practices, including those for treatment, 
storage, travel and display; methodologies for technical analyses, scientific 
and historical research, collaborations among different stakeholders, and other 
topics as they relate to the field of textile conservation of tangible and 
intangible culture. Both successful and unsuccessful "lessons learned" are 
welcome. Specific cases where past treatments, methodologies, and/or 
collaborations are contrasted and reassessed according to contemporary needs 
and approaches, are especially welcome. The following are examples of possible 

        Conservators, curators, conservation scientists, art historians, 
archaeologists, anthropologists, collection managers, designers, preparators 
and others engaged with these topics are invited to submit proposals for 
presentations. Collaborations among professions are encouraged. Projects 
already presented or published will not be considered and proposed projects 
must be complete by the end of 2018.   
        Abstracts for papers and posters may be submitted in English, French, 
or Spanish as a Word document (no PDFs).  Abstracts must have a title, be a 
maximum of 300 words, and accompanied by a short author(s) biography (100 words 
maximum). Title, abstract and biography should be included as a single document 
along with author(s) contact information. Contact information should include: 
name, postal and email addresses, telephone numbers. Abstracts should not 
include images or other attachments.
        Abstracts must be submitted by May 11, 2018 to 
Please send a message to if you do not receive 
prompt confirmation of abstract submittal.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the NATCC board. Authors of selected papers 
and posters will be notified by August 3, 2018. All speakers are required to 
submit the full publication-ready version of their paper in the language in 
which it will be presented (English, French, or Spanish) by January 18, 2019. 
Authors are responsible for obtaining rights and permissions to publish 
photographs and graphics

Presentations will be 20 minutes long; there will be time for questions.  An 
advance copy of each oral presentation will be required by September 15, 2019 
for purposes of simultaneous translation The papers and posters will be 
published and distributed at the conference along with printed abstracts. 
Please email any questions to and visit our 
website for updates at

We look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!  Cordially, the NATCC Board
Christine Giuntini, Conservator 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
New York, NY 10028 

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